HC asks UP Govt to lead evidence before trial court
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to approach a trial court here, which had acquitted 16 policemen in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case relating to the killing of 42 persons in Meerut, for recording of evidence to prove documents relating to the identity of PAC personnel.
The high court, which is hearing several appeals in the case against the acquittal, said the process of recording of secondary evidence, based on documentary proof, must be done in a time-bound manner to avoid any unnecessary delay.
A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta said the case should be taken up by the trial court on a day-to-day basis and the evidence completed in three months.
The bench said it was conscious of the fact that the trial stretched for eight years before the Tis Hazari district court here and the appeals were pending in the high court for three years. The high court passed the order on a plea by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking that "registers, duty register, attendance registers, log-books and other documents relating to the names, duty roster, posting and connected relevant details of PAC personnel" of the platoon which was operating in that area on that day be placed before the court.
Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for NHRC, said the general diary register of PAC that pins the 19 accused policemen and the truck in which the victims were taken away, has the details of the accused and the CB-CID which had probed the case.