Observing that “the investigation carried out by the investigating agency is highly defective”, the Delhi High Court has acquitted a man in a double murder case as the prosecution failed to prove the circumstances cited by it in the charge sheet to prove the case against the accused.

The Mehrauli police had charged accused Mangru Ram with axing two labourers to death at a farm at Asola Village in South Delhi in 2005 with the motive to take revenge for the murder of his brother 20 years ago.

The accused had brought the two labourers to the farm to work. The three worked there together.

The police had arrested the accused a month after the incident from a village in Uttar Pradesh. They had also recovered the weapon of offence on his disclosure statement but failed to connect it with the commission of the crime as they ignored the mandatory formalities to prove it was the weapon of offence.

The investigating agency also failed to prove that the accused was with the victims just before the occurrence of the crime.

Acquitting the accused, a Division Bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice S. P. Garg said: “The prosecution case is full of contradictions and inconsistencies. In the present case, a double murder had taken place but the evidence collected by the prosecution is highly scanty and is not at all sufficient to establish the guilt against the accused beyond reasonable doubt.”

The Bench also pulled up the investigating officer of the case saying that he “abdicated his duties and did not investigate the case himself. He deputed subordinates to carry out the entire investigation without assigning the case. He even did not interrogate the accused and no recovery was affected in his presence.”