Court cancels cattle smuggling charge on Pehlu Khan
Jaipur : The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday cancelled charges of cattle smuggling on Pehlu Khan, who was brutally lynched by a mob in 2017.
Pehlu Khan, along with his sons Irshad and Arif, was transporting cattle from a weekly market in Jaipur to their village in Haryana’s Nuh when a group of men, who called themselves Gau Rakshaks, stopped him and thrashed him brutally.
The 55-year-old Pehlu Khan succumbed to his injuries in the hospital after two days.
In the court, the judge said that the documents provided clearly shows that he had bought cattle for dairy purpose and not for slaughter.
Pehlu Khan’s lawyer Kapil Gupta said a single bench of Justice Pankaj Bhandari had ordered quashing of the FIR and the charge sheet filed on cow smuggling charges.
Gupta said the high court judge ruled that the FIR and the chargesheet was “an abuse of process of law”. The three were charged under Rajasthan Bovine Animal Act which relates to transport of cattle for slaughter.
“The court said the cows were milch and the calves were one and two years old so it cannot be presumed that they were being taken for slaughter,” Gupta said.