New Delhi: Noting that the prosecution failed to properly conduct the identification parade, the Supreme Court has acquitted an RSS activist charged with murder and hatching a conspiracy against the minority community, following an attack on the organisation's office in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur town. A bench comprising judges S. B. Sinha and Markandeya Katju maintained that the test identification parade should be held as early as possible so as to exclude the possibility of the accused being identified either through newspaper photographs or at the police station.

The bench passed the ruling while upholding the appeal filed by Ravi alias Ravichandran, allegedly an RSS activist, charged with murdering a person John Basha on August 9, 1993. It was alleged by the prosecution that the accused along with his accomplice Udaykumar, attacked Basha and another person Usman Ali, as they suspected their involvement in a bomb attack on the RSS' office at Tirpur. - PTI