Topic Of The Day: -Failure Of Justice: On Sohrabuddin Case Verdict
The Acquittal Of All Those Accused In The Sohrabuddin Case Raises Disturbing Questions
The omnibus acquittal of all the police personnel accused of eliminating Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a ‘fake encounter’ in Gujarat in 2005 represents a substantial failure of justice. It is true that it is not easy to obtain an order of conviction against police personnel accused of killing suspects in a fake encounter. It becomes that much harder for any agency when influential political leaders and top police officers are cited as accused. It is unsurprising that the case, in which BJP president Amit Shah and a few Indian Police Service officers had been discharged earlier, ended with the acquittal of 22 men, all but one of them policemen. As many as 92 of the 210 witnesses turned hostile. The trial judge himself appeared to be saddened by the outcome, but it is difficult to agree with his observation that one could not fault the CBI for witnesses going back on their statements. It is the prosecution’s duty to ensure the safety of witnesses and give them the confidence and courage to speak the truth under oath. While it is perhaps not surprising that witnesses in the police did not support the prosecution, it is disappointing that others could not be encouraged to do so. For instance, the driver and a passenger in a bus, allegedly intercepted by the police team and from which Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi and an associate, Tulsiram Prajapati, were taken away, denied such an incident took place.It is unfortunate that the families of the victims do not have the consolation of anyone being brought to justice. While Sohrabuddin’s killing has ‘encounter’ as an explanation, his wife’s disappearance remains a mystery. It was not proved that she was taken to a farm, killed and her body burnt. And it cannot be a coincidence that Prajapati was killed a year later in Rajasthan in another encounter. It was under a cloud of suspicion over the circumstances of their death that Sohrabuddin’s brother had approached the Supreme Court and obtained an order for an investigation, which was subsequently handed over to the CBI. In losing this case, the CBI has shown that it continues to struggle when it comes to handling cases with political overtones. The 2014 discharge of Mr. Shah and the subsequent pre-trial exoneration of senior police officer D.G. Vanzara had come as a boost to the BJP. The final decision in the trial is also likely to beinterpreted as a justification for some encounters that took place in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister. Mr. Vanzara has implied as much in controversial tweets. He has alsoclaimed that such ‘pre-emptive encounters’ were needed to save Mr. Modi. This is a tacitacknowledgement that these may not have been chance encounters, as genuine ones are supposed to be, but part of a plan to eliminate a threat to the leader’s life through extrajudicial killings. It isregrettable that such a triumphalist narrative is sought to be built around such incidents.
MEANINGS AND WORDS
Meaning : a judgement or verdict that a person is not guilty of the crime with which they have been charged(n).
Synonyms : absolution
Antonyms : employment
Example : “the trial resulted in an acquittal”
Meaning : a person or group of people who are charged with or on trial for a crime.
Synonyms : implicated
Antonyms : acquitted
Example : “the accused was ordered to stand trial on a number of charges”
Meaning : of considerable importance, size, or worth.
Synonyms : extraordinary
Antonyms : broken
Example : “a substantial amount of cash”
Meaning : a formal declaration by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law that someone is guilty of a criminal offence(n).
Synonyms : confidence
Antonyms : distrust
Example : “she had a previous conviction for a similar offence”
Meaning : refer to (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, especially in a scholarly work.(v)
Synonyms : allege
Antonyms : conceal
Example : “authors who are highly regarded by their peers tend to be cited”
Meaning : cause to feel sorrow; make unhappy.(v)
Synonyms : dispirit
Antonyms : encourage
Example : “he was greatly saddened by the death of his only son”
Meaning : used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof.(adv)
Synonyms : purportedly
Example : “he was allegedly a leading participant in the coup attempt”
Meaning : obstruct (someone or something) so as to prevent them from continuing to a destination.(v)
Synonyms : arrest
Antonyms : allow
Example : “intelligence agencies intercepted a series of telephone calls”
Meaning : the continuation of a course of action with a view to its completion(n).
Synonyms : pursuit
Antonyms : defeat
Example : “the BBC’s prosecution of its commercial ends”
Meaning : state that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of.(v)
Synonyms : contradict
Antonyms : allow
Example : “both firms deny any responsibility for the tragedy”
Meaning : a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.
Synonyms : casualty
Antonyms : criminal
Example : “victims of domestic violence”
Meaning : the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment.(n)
Synonyms : comfort
Example : “there was consolation in knowing that others were worse off”
Meaning : a feeling or thought that something is possible, likely, or true.
Synonyms : conjecture
Antonyms : belief
Example : “she had a sneaking suspicion that he was laughing at her”
Meaning : after a particular thing has happened; afterwards(adv).
Tamil Meaning : பின்னர்
Synonyms : finally
Antonyms : former
Example : “the officer decided to stop and subsequently made an arrest”
Meaning : the action of officially absolving someone from blame; vindication.(n)
Synonyms : absolution
Example : “the defendants’ eventual exoneration”
Meaning : explain the meaning of (information or actions).(v)
Synonyms : explained
Antonyms : encode
Example : “the evidence is difficult to interpret”
Meaning : suggested but not directly expressed; implicit.(adj)
Synonyms : hidden
Antonyms : explicit
Example : “she was aware of his implied criticism”
Meaning : giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement.
Synonyms : contentious
Antonyms : certain
Example : “years of wrangling over a controversial bypass”
Meaning : state or assert that something is the case, typically without providing evidence or proof.
Synonyms : assert
Antonyms : abandon
Example : “the Prime Minister claimed that he was concerned about Third World debt”
Meaning : serving or intended to pre-empt or forestall something, especially to prevent attack by disabling the enemy.
Synonyms : preventive
Antonyms : permissive
Example : “a pre-emptive strike”
Meaning : understood or implied without being stated.(adj)
Synonyms : implicit
Antonyms : stated
Example : “your silence may be taken to mean tacit agreement”
Meaning : attempt to find (something).
Synonyms : desired
Example : “they came here to seek shelter from biting winter winds”
Meaning : a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
Synonyms : improvement
Antonyms : deterioration
Example : “signs of recovery in the housing market
Meaning : suffer or die or cause to suffer or die from hunger.
Synonyms : anorexic
Antonyms : full
Example : “she left her animals to starve”
Meaning : a portion of something, especially money.
Synonyms : share
Antonyms : emit
Example : “they released the first tranche of the loan”
Meaning : raise levels of physiological or nervous activity in (the body or any biological system).(v)
Synonyms : inspire
Antonyms : block
Example : “the women are given fertility drugs to stimulate their ovaries”
Meaning : imposing restrictions on someone’s activities or freedom.(adj)
Synonyms : confining
Example : “a web of restrictive regulations”
Meaning : the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different.(n)
Synonyms : pretense
Antonyms : reality
Example : “she tried to force her thoughts back into some semblance of order”
Meaning : a rounded raised mass of earth or land.(n)
Synonyms : bulge
Antonyms : depression
Example : “they sat on a hump of cropped grass”
Meaning : the action or process of allocating or sharing out something(n).
Synonyms : allotment
Antonyms : whole
Example : “more efficient allocation of resources”
Meaning : a great victory or achievement.(n)
Synonyms : pride
Antonyms : failure
Example : “a garden built to celebrate Napoleon’s many triumphs”