Rajkot mass suicide: Court quashes FIR against alleged abettors

In 2013, five of a Nepalese family had committed suicide at Rajkot Municipal Corporation office premises

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 11, 2015 5:37:00 am

The Gujarat High Court on Friday quashed an FIR lodged in connection with the mass immolation by a Nepalese family in Rajkot about two year back. The court held that there is no sufficient evidence on record to show alleged abettors should be prosecuted. The court opined that facts show that the case is “sheer abuse of process of law.”

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Pronouncing the judgment Justice JB Pardiwala quashed the FIR against all the four accused and said, “I am of the opinion that there is absolutely no material on record, sufficient for continuing the criminal prosecution against the applicants. The factual position clearly shows that the criminal proceedings pending against the applicants is nothing, but a sheer abuse of the process of law… Mere vague allegations of harassment by themselves would not amount to abatement of the offence of commission of suicide…”

In 2013 five of a Nepalese family had committed suicide at Rajkot Municipal Corporation office premises fearing eviction from the society they had been living for over three decades. The corporation had issued them notices for eviction. Their plea challenging the eviction had been rejected by a local court. They were residing at the common plot of Chhotunagar co-operative housing society in the Raiya area of Rajkot. Following the incident, they succumbed to injuries.

The local police had lodged FIR against five persons who were later got arrested. They approached the High Court pleading innocent. Justice Pardiwala has stated in the judgment that allegations against the petitioners are vague in nature which don’t amount to abatement. In the judgment justice Pardiwala has also stated that “commission of suicide in the state is at rampage. Everyday cases are reported…The state owes an obligation to see that its subjects do not take the extreme step of committing suicide for any reason.”

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