A Delhi court has now acquitted the two men after it held that there was no material on record to connect the injury suffered by the victim with the firearm alleged to have been recovered from the accused persons.
Police also said the driver and two policemen seated in the driver's cabin did not hear the scuffle inside the van and that the three undertrials used chilli powder to subdue the two policemen, who they eventually shot, and the 21 other inmates.
Speaking at the India International Centre, where a ceremony was held to felicitate him for taking over as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Justice Patel said: “We have decided to dispose 25-year-old cases with the help of the Bar Council members at the earliest.”
Dalal, the MLA from Mundka, was accused of turning up at Nangloi police station on July 8, 2015, along with 30-40 supporters, and pressuring police to release Rohtash Tomar, who was picked up by Maharashtra Police for allegedly buying stolen plastic granules.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, in his interim order, noted that “allegations of the respondents are prima facie defamatory and refer to complainant Vijender Gupta, making him an aggrieved person”.
Akbar told the court: “It is wrong to suggest that the article and tweets of Priya Ramani were meant to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of the issue of sexual harassment at workplace. It is wrong to suggest that Priya Ramani’s disclosures pertaining to me were true and made in good faith.”
Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj, who dealt on various aspects, including whether there was an enmity between the Ansaris and Rai, held that when a contestant loses Assembly elections, “it will not result in enmity of such nature and enormity that he will think of murdering his opponent who defeated him”.
Police have so far been unable to track the three accused, who did not wear helmets to mask their faces. Investigators have looked into two CCTVs but have been unable to get a clear grab of their faces.
When policemen from Paharganj station found the woman, they said she was starving, surviving only on tea and cigarettes. The last time she took a bath was two weeks ago. She tried to communicate in English, only to stop and resort to hand gestures.
Yadav’s colleagues say that she was a workaholic, who had previously become the vice-chairperson for a 5-year term. Two days ago, after being re-elected as a member of the Bar Council defeating at least ten women candidates, she also got the majority of the votes from the 25-member council.