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A Division Bench of the Supreme Court recently acquitted a person wrongfully accused of murder, nearly 36 years after he was first convicted (Md. Younus Ali Tarafdar vs. The State of West Bengal).
Both the trial court and the Calcutta High Court had concluded that the appellant was guilty of murdering the deceased back in 1984.
The Supreme Court ultimately found that the case against the appellant-accused, based on circumstantial evidence, was weak and did not conclusively prove that his involvement in any crime. The Bench comprising of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta found,
"A close scrutiny of the material on record would disclose that the circumstances relied upon by the prosecution to prove the guilt of the Appellant were not complete and do not lead to the conclusion that in all human probability the murder must have been committed by the Appellant"