Ex-CJI UU Lalit Defends Acquittals; says the prosecution failed to prove the case

India’s former Chief Justice UU Lalit spoke to Times Now.

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New Delhi: After a huge outcry over the release of the three convicts in the heinous 2012 Chhawala gang rape case in the capital of a 19-year-old woman, former Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit clarified the issue and justified the acquittal.

Judge UU Lalit had led the bench which rendered the verdict of the defendant’s release.

The ex-CJI told Times Now that the prosecution had failed to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and could not form a chain of circumstantial evidence to establish the guilt of the three accused in the horrific 2012 case.

‘We have not found material good enough to sustain the conviction,’ Judge Lalit told Times Now

About the uproar, Judge Lalit said that only evidence counts in court and nothing else (feelings).

About the case, the former CJI said that the circumstantial evidence on the basis of which they were convicted was not sufficient and it was not well established. He added that the circumstances did not form a complete chain and did not eliminate any other hypothesis to prove the guilt of the men.

A Delhi court sentenced him to death for the rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman in the Chhawala district of Delhi in 2012.

The victim’s dismembered body lay in a field, with numerous injuries from assaults with car tools and earthen pots, among other objects.

The Supreme Court earlier this week acquitted the three death row inmates who had been sentenced to death by a Delhi court for the 2012 rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman in Delhi’s Chhawala district.

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