While addressing at an event in Mumbai on August 17, Supreme Court judge Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud spoke on Pehlu Khan Case. He said, “I tell you this is one of the great torments of being a judge because you have to decide on basis of evidence as it stands and then you find that police investigation has been so woefully inadequate that it is going to result in acquittal.” “Cases where courts have been approached with a petition at an appropriate stage and courts have been able to monitor investigation, have perhaps shown a better outcome,” he added. Pehlu Khan, a cattle trader, was beaten to death allegedly by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes on suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan’s Alwar district in 2017. An Alwar court on August 15 acquitted all the six accused in the lynching case, giving them the benefit of doubt. However, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the state government will file an appeal against the court's ruling.
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