NOWSHERA ACID ATTACK CASE | Court to fast-track trial

A local court here will hear Nowshera acid case twice in a week to take its trial on fast-track basis.

The court of Principal District and Sessions Court Srinagar announced holding of speedy trial after special prosecutor advocate AA Teli made submission for it.

In coming week, the court now will hear case on Wednesday and Thursday.

Special prosecutor AA Teli submitted before the court that speedy trial is the right of both accused and victim.

“In this case, the crime against women has been committed. Speedy trial will ensure justice to her. The court may hear case twice in a week to fast track the trial,” he submitted before the court while referring to various provisions of law and Supreme Court judgments.

On 11 December 2015, a 22-year-old law student was grievously injured in the acid attack near Nowshera on the outskirts of Srinagar when she was on her way to her college.

It was only after a fortnight following the attack, that the police arrested the accused duo Irshad Amin Wani, alias Sunny, and Muhammad Omar for their alleged involvement in the incident.

The police has sought punishment for the accused on three counts under Sections 326-A (voluntary throwing acid to cause grievous injury),120-B-9 (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).

If proven, these sections can get of rigorous imprisonment for 10 years, which can be extended up to life imprisonment.

Special prosecutor AA Teli said more than 75 percent of the trial and examination of witnesses by court had been held so far.

“Both the accused were brought before the court for today’s hearing,” he said.

He informed that during today’s proceedings, the court recorded statement of two prosecution witnesses among which a witness was also cross examined by one of the defence counsels.