The Bihar Post

Indian court waits 28 years for autopsy report to deliver judgment in 45-year-old case

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PATNA, INDIA: A court in India waited for as many as 28 years for the crucial autopsy report to deliver judgment in a murder case.

The judgment in the case ultimately came on Thursday, well 45 years after the murder had taken place in the Indian state of Bihar as a result of conflict over irrigating agricultural land.

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The murder had taken place in eastern Bihar’s Bhagalpur district on April 28, 1974 but the case lingered for so long as the court continued waiting for autopsy report of the murder victim for close to three decades. Yet the report didn’t come.

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Ultimately, the court delivered its judgment on the basis of the statements of seven prosecution witnesses who corroborated the murder charges against the accused.

“We can’t wait further,” the court said while delivering its judgement.

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“Locating the autopsy report wasted a lot of time in the case yet we didn’t get in the end,” additional public prosecutor Reyaz Hussain told the media on Friday.

Another peculiar feature of this case was that the main accused in the case Chaturanand Chaudhary was held guilty well 45 years after he was charged with shooting dead a villager.

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Chaudhary was above 20 years at the time of crime. Since then he had been going scot-free but post conviction, he has been jailed.

“Finally, we have got justice. We waited for so many years patiently,” one of the victim family members Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary said, his eyes twinkling with happiness.

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on September 25.

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