The Rajasthan High Court on Monday issued a bailable warrant against six men who were acquitted in the 2017 Pahlu Khan lynching case by an Alwar court in 2019, Live Law reported.
The High Court issued the warrant while admitting a plea filed by the sons of Khan, Irshad and Arif, and clubbing it with a plea filed by the Rajasthan government against the lower court’s acquittal order.
Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer, and his sons were beaten up in April 2017 by a mob of self-styled cow vigilantes on allegations of smuggling cattle. Khan had succumbed to injuries in a hospital two days after the incident.
On August 14, 2019, a sessions court had acquitted all the six accused, giving them the benefit of doubt. In September 2019, a special investigation team set up by the Rajasthan government to look into the lynching had found multiple lapses in the police investigation.
The SIT report also said the six accused – Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Yadav, Kalu Ram Yadav, Dayanand Yadav, Yogesh Khati and Bhim Rathi – should have been charged with dacoity, rioting, and rioting armed with a deadly weapon in addition to murder.