PATNA: A man accused of robbing a paltry Rs186 was acquitted by an Indian court well 37 years after the case was registered against him.
A local court cleared Paras Raut, a resident from Bihar’s West Champaran district, of the charges on Tuesday for lack of evidence.
As per media reports, Mohammad Rasul who runs a mutton shop was returning home in the evening when some miscreants robbed Rs186 as well as his wrist watch at gunpoint after which he registered a case with the local Nautan police station in West Champaran district on April 28, 1981.
Subsequently, the police completed investigation in the case and the trial began in the case. During the trial which ran for a total of 13,505 days, the complainant in the case eventually refused to identify Raut, prompting the court to serve him acquittal.
“I am a relieved man now. For the past 37 years or so, I had been making the rounds of either the police or the court. I have got the justice finally,” Raut told the Gulf News.
The long pendency of cases in the court remains a matter of serious concern in Bihar. As per an official report, currently there are a total of over 1.67 million cases pending in district courts of Bihar while over 1.45 million cases are waiting for adjudication in the Patna High Court itself.