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Employment In Disciplined Forces May Be Considered For ‘Honorable Acquittal’ : SC

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:40:59

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Employment In Disciplined Forces May Be Considered For ‘Honorable Acquittal’ : SC

If a person is acquitted of an offence involving moral turpitude by giving him the benefit of doubt or because the witnesses turned hostile, it would not automatically entitle him to employment, particularly in a disciplined force like Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), observed Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Delivering its judgement on an appeal filed by the Central government against a decision of the Madhya Pradesh High Court which had directed the government to send the respondent, who had secured selection in CISF, for training, the Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari held that the employer can insist on ‘honourable acquittal’ in such cases.

Further the court explained that if the acquittal is directed by the court on consideration of facts and material evidence on record with the finding of false implication or the finding that the guilt had not been proved, accepting the explanation of accused as just, it will be treated as ‘honourable acquittal’.

The case pertained to the respondent who had been involved in an offence of kidnapping for demand of ransom and an FIR had been registered against him for the same in 2009.

The sessions court acquitted him because the complainant, who was abducted, turned hostile in the Court. Thereafter, respondent applied for the post of constable in CISF and got selected.

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