11 accused were convicted and awarded life sentence by a fast-track court in March this year, eight of them moved the High Court and got both bail and suspension of their life sentence in June
RANCHI: The Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday granted bail to one more convict in the Ramgarh lynching case. The HC had last month granted bail to eight other convicts in the case, including a BJP leader.
The HC bench headed by Justice H.C. Mishra granted bail to Chhotu Verma, one of the 11 convicts in the June 2017 Ramgarh lynching case. Now only two convicts are left behind in jail.
In March this year, 11 people, including a district-level BJP leader were convicted and awarded life sentence by a fast-track court in Jharkhand for their involvement in the lynching of meat trader Alimuddin Ansari in Ramgarh district of the state on 29th June last year. Eight of the convicts challenged the judgment in the Jharkhand High Court.
On 29th June this year, the same bench of Justices H.C. Mishra and B.B. Mangalmurti suspended the life sentence of eight convicts and ordered their release on bail. The convicts were: Nityanand Mahto, a member of BJP’s Ramgarh unit, and seven other alleged cow vigilantes – Rohit Thakur, Kapil Thakur, Raju Kumar, Santosh Singh, Vicky Sao, Sikandar Ram and Uttam Ram.
In its bail order, the bench had said that the widow of the deceased (Alimuddin Ansari) did not say, in the FIR, that these eight persons assaulted her husband. They were just members of the crowd. The bench further said that she has made specific allegation against three other co-accused who had not applied for bail.
“From her (widow’s) evidence on record it appears that she has identified these appellants in the Court in the video, in which these appellants were only shown present in the mob. There is no allegation of any assault against them; rather, the allegation of assault on the basis of video is specific against three other co-accused persons who are not the appellant before us,” the bench had said in the bail order last month.
But now on 10th July, the bench has granted bail to one of the three convicts also. It is not known on which ground the convict was granted bail. It will be clear from the judgment copy.
Now only two convicts in the case – Deepak Mishra and Vikram Prasad – are left behind bars.
The day they eight of the convicts were released from jail (5th July), the local BJP unit organized an event to felicitate them and Hazaribagh MP and union minister Jayant Sinha garlanded the convicts and offered them sweets at the event.