The actual accused admitted to the crime when they were arrested in another rape case and that is how the hell broke loose
The Hush Post: A Chandigarh man has sought Rs 20 lakh compensation for being wrongly arrested in a rape case. The incident took place in December 2016. The petitioner, Wasim Malik, 28 was in jail for 16 months.
Acting on his plea, the Punjab And Haryana High Court has sought a response from home secretary, Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police and five other cops. The reply has to be filed by October 21.
Malik resides in Transit Housing Colony, Sector 52. He was arrested by the police on December 17, 2016 in a rape case registered at Industrial Area police station.
The petitioner’s lawyer HC Arora told the court that the police had filed a challan before a city court saying he was arrested on the basis of his resemblance to the sketch prepared. The description had been given by the rape victim.
Before his arrest, the police did not verify his mobile location, CCTV footage of cameras in the area of crime. The lawyer argued that the police got the petitioner identified by the victim as one of the accused persons.
Malik further said that he was arrested in order to improve the police’s image before city residents.
The family borrowed money from friends to fight the case
Malik was released from custody on April 9, 2018. The real accused, Irfan Mohammed and Kamal Hasan, admitted to the crime when they were arrested in another rape case. The two were convicted in the second case that took place in Sector 53 in November 2017. They are currently facing trial in the 2016 case as well.
Malik’s family has undergone untold sufferings during this period, the counsel told the court. His unmarried sister suffered social stigma because of the case, the lawyer said.
They borrowed money from friends, relatives and also sold the family-owned mini-van for arranging litigation expenses. The respondents have been directed to compensate with ₹20 lakh. He also alleged that he is being harassed by the police even now.