While acquitting them on Monday, the High Court said the prosecution had failed to provide evidence of conspiracy. It said the prosecution could not establish any link between them and the main accused, Dr Abdul Hameed, whose death sentence was upheld.
Currently, there is no minimum educational requirement for obtaining a “non-transport licence” in the state, while a transport vehicle driver needs to have cleared class VIII for a “transport licence” under Rule 8 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
Calling “illiterate” drivers “virtually a menace”, the Rajasthan High Court recently told the state to withdraw driving licences to those “unable to read, write”. Harikishan Saini, 47, works as a driver with a travel agency in Jaipur.
The court said that illiterate people “would not be in a position to understand road signs and notices of caution written on boards for human safety on the highways as well as on the roads in the cities”.
Earlier this month, former Rajasthan-cadre IPS officer Pankaj Chaudhary was dismissed from service for an alleged extra-marital affair. He has challenged his dismissal at the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).
The companies had issued notification in newspapers on December 14 last year seeking applications for setting up 10,000 new petrol pumps across the state. The last date for the application was Saturday.
The court asked how the police could assume that the woman’s conversion was legal, “just by way of an affidavit over a stamp paper of Rs 10”. “By this way, tomorrow, even I could address myself as Gopal Mohammad,” the court was quoted as saying.