New Delhi, Apr 17 (ANI): Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Tuesday expressed shock over acquittal of 23 persons accused of killing 21dalits in the 1996 Bhojpur massacre case in Bihar by the Bihar High Court.
Appealing to the Supreme Court of India, Agnivesh said that the apex court should take suo moto cognisance of the judgment, issue stay order on it and reexamine the case and punish the guilty.
"We appeal to the Chief Justice of the Supreme court of India to take suo moto cognisance of this appalling judgment, stay it forthwith and reexamine the case and punish the guilty by upholding the highest traditions of Indian Judiciary," said Agnivesh.
He added that the Chief Justice of India should take steps to restore the health of Indian justice system.
"The Chief Justice should also take steps towards restoring the health of Indian Justice System so that perpetrator of such brazen massacres so not go scot free in future. Otherwise people will loose faith in our justice system with disastrous consequences," he added.
A Division Bench of judges Navneeti Prasad Singh and Ashwani Kumar Singh cited "defective evidence" to acquit all the accused.
A sessions court in Bihar had earlier sentenced three prime accused to capital punishment and the remaining 20 accused to life imprisonment in May 2010.
The incident took place on July 11, 1996 when upper caste (Rajput and Bhumihar) landowners of the Ranvir Sena - a private militia of the landlords - stormed Bathani Tola in Bhojpur District and ruthlessly hacked the Dalits, including women, teenage girls and babies less than 10 months old. (ANI)
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