Justice Served: Acquittal Upheld in Pradhan v. State

In a landmark judgment by the Supreme Court of India, the case of Pradhan v. State saw justice being served as the acquittal of Mr. Anukul Chandra Pradhan was upheld. The appellant-State had challenged the acquittal despite the conviction under Section 323 I.P.C. The court’s decision not to interfere in the case speaks volumes about the legal proceedings and the evidence presented. Let’s delve deeper into this case that has set a precedent in the realm of legal justice.


  • The appellant-State challenges the respondent’s acquittal from the charge under Section 302 I.P.C. despite affirming the conviction under Section 323 I.P.C.
  • PW-4 and PW-5, who are family members of the deceased, have not been doubted as eye-witnesses. PW-5 was also injured in the incident.
  • The High Court acquitted the respondent based on the absence of corresponding injuries from the sharp end of the plough used in the assault.
  • The assault on the deceased was with the pointed end of a wooden plough on 27.03.1990.
  • The acquittal solely relying on the doctor’s opinion regarding the nature of injury was considered unjustified by the appellant.

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  • A 14 years, 6 months, and 7 days of custody has been completed by Mr. Anukul Chandra Pradhan before acquittal.

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  • The respondent had undergone a total of 14 years 6 months 7 days in custody.
  • He was under trial for 2 years 8 months 11 days and remained in custody after conviction for 11 years 9 months 26 days.
  • The court decided not to interfere in this case and dismissed the appeal.

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Case Number: Crl.A. No.-000251-000251 / 2010

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