OBSERVING THAT there was no motive “cogently established” against Himanshu Ranka, the court acquitted him in the kidnap and murder case of his 13-year-old cousin Adit Ranka. The detailed judgment of Principal Judge S B Agrawal states that apart from material showing telephonic contact between Ranka and his friend, Vijesh Sanghvi, who was convicted, “absolutely nothing” shows that the two had hatched a conspiracy to kidnap or murder Adit.
The prosecution had said 10 calls were made between Ranka and Sanghvi on May 13, 2013, when Adit was kidnapped and murdered. “There are no details as to what talk took place between them and in such circumstances even if these calls assume importance, their significance would lie in corroboration of the other evidence and in isolation, these calls cannot be substantive evidence,” the court said. Ranka’s killer awarded life imprisonment in 2013 Kidnapping and murder
It also observed that Ranka had explained that he had called Sanghvi after he learnt of Adit’s disappearance since he knew that Sanghvi’s father had contacts with VP Road police.
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