A criminal case has been registered against Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Muzaffarpur Court by advocate Sudhir Ojha for her tweet on the recent judgment in Pehlu Khan lynching case (2017) of Alwar.
"Today in Chief Judicial Magistrate (SJM) court here, I have filed a criminal case against Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra under section 504, 506, 153 of the Indian Penal Court (iPC) and contempt of court in connection with her tweet regarding acquinttal of accused in Pehlu Khan lynching case," news agency ANI quoted advocate Sudhir Ojhaas saying.
"The acquinttal was done by the court due to lack of search, however, Vadra today tweeted agsinst the verdict and this could generate religious fenzy and it is also a contempt of court," he added.
Earlier in the day, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra expressed shock over a Rajasthan trial court's acquittal of six men accused of beating dairy farmer Pehlu Khan to death two years ago on suspicion of cattle smuggling, stating there could be "no place for inhumaneness" in India.
"The lower court decision in the Pehlu Khan case is shocking. There should be no place for inhumaneness in our country and the murder by a mob is a heinous crime," Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote in Hindi.
पहलू खान मामले में लोअर कोर्ट का फैसला चौंका देने वाला है। हमारे देश में अमानवीयता की कोई जगह नहीं होनी चाहिए और भीड़ द्वारा हत्या एक जघन्य अपराध है।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 16, 2019
Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old from Haryana was brutally beaten up by cow vigilantes near Behror in Rajasthan on the Delhi-Alwar highway on April 1. He was accused of transporting cattle without prior permission. The lynching was caught on camera. He was attacked by rods and sticks.
He succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital on April 3, 2017.
On Wednesday, the Alwar court in Rajasthan said that video of the lynching was not admissible evidence. The video had gone viral in the aftermath of the incident. The trial in the case was completed on August 7. The victim's side presented 44 witnesses in the case.