Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists celebrate in Bhopal on Monday the acquittal of six members of the outfit by a Nagpur court in the case of murder of Professor Sabharwal.
Nagpur: All the six accused in the case of murder of Professor H.S. Sabharwal at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh nearly three years ago, on Monday were acquitted by a court here for lack of evidence.
The accused, Vimal Tomar, Pankaj Mishra, Vimal Rajoria, Shashi Ranjan Akela, Hemant Dubey and Sudhir Yadav, belong to the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). They had been charged with murder and rioting by an unlawful assembly.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Nitin Dalvi, who tried the case after the Supreme Court ordered transfer of trial from the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, observed that the prosecution had “miserably failed” to prove the case against the accused.
The professor’s son, Himanshu, who successfully petitioned the Supreme Court for transfer of the case, said the judge noted in his verdict that the accused might be guilty but he could not convict them because of lack of evidence.
His family would challenge the ruling in a higher court, he added.
Sabharwal, who headed the Political Science Department in Madhav College, Ujjain, died in August, 2006, after a fracas in the college over student union elections. He was allegedly beaten up by some ABVP activists. He died in a hospital later.
On the day of the incident, television channels showed scuffles and pictures of Sabharwal being taken in a chair, apparently gasping for breath.
The incident caused a political furore. The Congress and other parties in Madhya Pradesh accused the BJP of protecting the ABVP cadre.
In all 69 witnesses were examined, which included 51 by the court here.
But in False dowry cases (IPC 498A) and DVAct (Domestic violence Act) even there are any proofs of crime committed by men, still they are charged, harassed for more than 10 years. If this case was against some women instead Professor H.S. Sabharwal, then these accused would have been charged under,rape and sexual harassment even they escape murder charges.