Wrongly convicted man serving life term acquitted by Orissa HC

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Cuttack/Berhampur: Imagine the trauma of the person and his family members who had served a jail term for more than two decades without committing any crime? Such an incident has been reported from Kantapada area in Ganjam district where a man has been acquitted by Orissa High Court after he had been sentenced for 20 years in jail on charges of a murder case.

According to sources, the body of a woman, Dhobani Khatua of Kantapada village, was recovered from a pond on October 25, 1997, with her gold jewellery missing. During the course of the investigation, the police had arrested Sadhu Pradhan on charges of murdering the woman on November 5, 1997.

Later during the trial, even though Berhampur Second Class Additional District Judge court had dropped loot charges on Pradhan, it held him responsible for the death of Dhobani and pronounced life imprisonment to him.

However, nullifying the decision of Berhampur Second Class Additional District Judge court the HC stated that judgement was pronounced on the basis of the witness of a child during the trial and asked for the immediate release of Pradhan.

Notably, Pradhan had moved the Orissa High Court against the lower court’s verdict.

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