The Haren Pandya Judgment: Dissection of a Botched Investigation
The acquittal of the 12 accused in the 2003 murder of Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party leader Haren Pandya brings out all that can go wrong in high-profile cases where "terrorism" is invoked to convict those who are rounded up for a criminal act. Investigation and prosecution end up becoming an exercise to prove a theory, not necessarily to find out the truth. Even if a reinvestigation is ordered of the Pandya murder, it is now unlikely that the guilty will be brought to book.
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