His son’s ‘killers’ let off by HC bench, man files RTI to track his letter to Chief Justice

Hours before the June 25 judgment, the victim's father had written to CJ fearing 'miscarriage of justice'

Nearly two months after a High Court bench acquitted all those convicted by the lower court for his son's murder, a man has moved a Right to Information (RTI) application before the HC seeking to know what steps the Chief Justice's office took on his application that he had sent prior to the judgment apprehending "miscarriage of justice".

According to details, Rakesh, son of Balubhai Thakkar from Puna Road area of Surat, was killed in May 2004. Later, the Surat Sessions Court convicted all the eight accused in the case and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The eight challenged their conviction and their appeals were heard by a division bench of HC, which reserved its judgment for June 25 this year.

Around 9.30 am on the same day, Thakkar sent a letter to the High Court Chief Justice's office through fax, a copy of which is available with The Indian Express, claiming he had got "definite" information that some "setting" was done in the case. He also cited some points to buttress his claims in the application and requested the Chief Justice office to transfer the case to some other bench.

However, the division bench pronounced its judgment on June 25 and acquitted all the convicts.

Following this, Thakkar wrote to the Chief Justice of India, whose office replied and asked him to approach appropriate forum by filing for appropriate proceedings.

Now, Thakkar has moved the RTI application seeking to know the following:

What steps were taken by the administrative wing of the High Court on receipt of his application dated June 25? What directions were given by the Chief Justice on receipt of the application and whether the application was brought to the notice of the concerned bench of the HC against whom apprehensions of miscarriage of justice were expressed?

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