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Ggn schoolboy murder case: Court acquits Ashok Kumar

Gurugram: Ashok Kumar, the 42-year-old bus conductor who was falsely charged by Gurugram police for the murder of a seven-year-old boy in the washroom of a private school, was a relieved man on Wednesday.
A special court in Gurugram discharged the Sohan resident off the murder charges and acquitted him from the case, which had taken the entire nation by shock back in September last year.
The court also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit the full copy of the charge-sheet in the murder case on April 10.
On February 5, the premier investigating agency, in its first charge-sheet, absolved Kumar of the murder and established it clearly that the accused was a 16-year-old student of the same private school in Bhondsi.
After Kumar's acquittal, his legal team is mulling pursuing a case against the Gurugram Police officials who falsely charged him.
On September 8 last year, after the murder came to light, Gurugram Police arrested Kumar and theorised that he slit the throat of the class II students, after failing to sexually exploit him.
Not impressed by the police's claims, the family of the seven-year-old persisted for a CBI-monitored probe. The Haryana government finally relented to the pressure and allowed CBI to take the case.
The police's claims, however, came undone, after the CBI charged the 16-year-old for the murder, and revealed that the juvenile committed the gruesome act out of fear of an impeding examination.
Lodged in Bhondsi jail all this time and after overcoming several hurdles, Kumar finally able got bail on November 20.
He managed this despite his meagre Rs 6,000 per month salary – with which his family was barely able to manage their household, which includes an ailing father and two young children, one of whom is also seven-years-old.
Meanwhile, along with Kumar and his family, residents of his entire village too heaved a sigh of relief after his acquittal.
In a country where social ostracisation is very common over the most trivial of allegations, elders in Kumar's village went against the tide.
At one point of a time, the entire fraternity of lawyers in Sohna and Gurugram refused to fight Kumar's case. But his village residents stood by him and ultimately the case was taken up by Rohtak-based lawyer Mohit Verma.
Residents of Kumar's village located in Sohna reportedly had also pooled in money to support his family's expenses.
"I feel happy and satisfied. I want to thank my family and my village elders who stood by me during difficult times. I now want that justice must also be done to the family of the deceased child," said Kumar after his release on Wednesday.
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