Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has set free a convict in a rape case, who made it to the civil services while undergoing life imprisonment in Tihar Central Jail here, by reducing his sentence to the period of five-and-a-half years he has already undergone. The court did so by stating that the convict has “redeemed” himself in the jail by qualifying in the Union civil services examination.

At the time of commission of the crime, the convict, Ashok Rai, was giving tuitions to meet his expenditure.

The trial court had sentenced him to life imprisonment, holding him guilty of sexually assaulting his 21-year-old student.

The victim had later committed suicide.

The prosecution had alleged that the victim had consented to have an intimate relationship with the accused as he had given her a false promise to marry.

Court sets him free

Setting the convict free, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Aruna Suresh said: “Rai has redeemed himself in jail is evident from the fact that he took his civil service examinations and qualified for being appointed to the Indian Administrative Service. We are of the opinion that the sentence already suffered by him would meet the ends of justice.”

The Bench, however, upheld the charge of rape against Rai.