Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HC allows convict to plead with govt for mercy

Gujarat high court has allowed an oil trader to seek pardon from the state government if he wants to save him three-month jail term. The HC has given him this option because it has been 24 long years since he was caught selling adulterated oil. 

The HC has said that the trader could wait for three months for the government's pardon and in case he his jail term is not commuted, he should surrender himself or the lower court would issue warrant against him. Shantilal Rajgor was caught selling adulterated cottonseed oil in Mandvi town of Kutch district in 1991. The food inspector lodged a criminal case against him under Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and he cited three witnesses in the case. A local court found him guilty of food adulteration and punished him with three-month jail term. 

Rajgor filed an appeal before the sessions court in Bhuj, which turned down his application in 2005 on the ground that he could not establish that he was innocent. 

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