Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fast track courts likely for terror accused muslims

The central government decided to examine the long standing demand for setting up of fast-track courts to expedite trial of “innocent” Muslim youth accused of terror acts who were “being falsely implicated on the charges of terrorist activities with fabricated evidence.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde gave the assurance to a group of MPs and civil rights activists who met him to demand a “clear-cut time frame” for setting up such courts and freeing all the accused who have been in prison for two years or more.

It sought a probe against police officers who had arrested “innocent” Muslims and fabricated evidence against them, and strict penal action, if they were found guilty.

It has also demanded a mechanism to secure compensation and reparation for, and rehabilitation of, those acquitted by courts.

National Crime Records Bureau showed that as on December 2011, the total number of undertrials in prisons was more than 2.41 lakh, of whom 51,206 or 21.2 per cent of the total inmates were Muslims. Likewise, there were more than 1.28 lakh convicts lodged in various jails, including 22,943 Muslim

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