The Jharkhand High Court on January 24, dismissed as withdrawn a bail plea filed by Vishal Tiwari, one of the eight convicts of 2016 Latehar mob lynching case in which a 32 year old cattle trader Mazloom Ansari and his business partner’s 11 year old son Imtiaz Khan were mercilessly beaten and hanged from a tree.
8 people, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Mithilesh Prasad Sahu, Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Sao, Awadhesh Sao, Arun Sao, Sehdav Sao and Vishal Tiwari were found guilty under Section 302 and 34 of the IPC; and were sentenced life imprisonment by additional district and session judge of Latehar civil court in December 2018.
Victim’s advocate Shadab Ansari told Newsd that one of the convicts, Vishal Tiwari filed an application seeking bail and suspension of life imprisonment.
While presenting the case, the defence stated that the police while lodging the FIR into the matter had enrolled only five names of – Mithilesh Prasad Sahu alias Bunty, Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Awadhesh Sahu and Manoj Sahu.
The advocates claimed that the FIR was improved and three other names were added later, stating it altercation of facts. However, the prosecution stated that all the eight accused in the case were seen by the eyewitnesses.
Ansari along with Advocate A Allam presented proofs of phone records which showed same phone locations of all the eight accused during crime time.
After listening the arguments by both the sides, the court did not get convinced and dismissed the bail plea.