85 year old farmer acquitted after 400 hearings in 35 years

Shamli (UP), December 24

85-year-old Dharampal Singh was finally acquitted by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate due to lack of evidence.

It took him 35 years of legal battle and over 400 hearings to prove his innocence. A case was registered against him in 1986 for illegally manufacturing pesticides in his house.

Dharampal Singh, a farmer from Haran village in Shamli district, said after his acquittal, “It seems a huge burden has been taken off my shoulders.” His brother Kunwarpal was a co-accused but he had died five years ago.

Liaquat Ali, another person registered in the case, was earlier declared a fugitive by the court.

“I have lost my reputation, money and peace of mind during a long legal battle. It took a long time to get justice, but now I am happy that the truth has prevailed. I would like to thank the honorable court for giving me relief. I have lost the case in the court to appear in about 400 hearings is taking a lot of money and time,” he told reporters.

In November 1986, Thana Bhawan police booked two brothers, Dharampal and Kunwarpal, and one Liaquat Ali, for allegedly manufacturing pesticides without a licence. The police had also claimed to have recovered 26 bags of insecticide while loading it in a truck.

All three were booked under various sections of the IPC including section 420 and were arrested. After spending 18 days in jail, all three were released on bail.