Krishna Sikand murder case: Col. Chaudhury acquitted

Staff Reporter

Trial court judgment giving him a life term set aside

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has set aside a trial court judgment sentencing a former Army officer, Lieutenant-Colonel S.J. Chaudhury, to life imprisonment last year in the Krishna Sikand murder case of 1982.

Allowing an appeal by Lt.-Col. Chaudhury against his conviction, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Aruna Suresh on Friday said that “the prosecution has failed to make a complete chain of evidence against the accused”.

The Bench acquitted the accused saying the prosecution had failed to prove that the accused had used the same typewriter that it had taken into custody to write the address on the parcel containing the bomb that he had sent to Krishna Sikand.

“It is unfortunate that the crime is going unpunished but we cannot hang any person for the crime unless our judicial conscience is satisfied that the evidence on record conclusively establishes the guilt of the person charged with the offence and brought before us,” the Bench said.

Holding him guilty of killing Krishna Sikand with a parcel bomb, the trial court had in April last year sentenced Lt.-Col. Chaudhury to life imprisonment in the case.

Krishna Sikand was the son of Sikand Motors showroom owner H.D. Sikand.

According to the prosecution, the convict had committed the offence as he was angry over Krishna’s closeness to his wife. The Army officer was not getting along well with his wife, the prosecution had charged. In order to eliminate Krishna, the accused had sent a parcel bomb that exploded at the Sikands’ Sunder Nagar residence in the Capital.

The CBI, which had probed the case, also alleged that the bomb used in the murder was of Pakistani make and was captured by the Indian Army following its victory in the 1971 war.

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