Dead man walking alive; SC orders judicial probe

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New Delhi, Dec 10: The Supreme Court on Dec 9 directed a judicial inquiry into the shocking case of a "murdered man" walking back home in Uttar Pradesh. Bhagwan Das was believed to have been murdered in Jhansi in 2000, for which three men had been convicted and sentenced to life. Meanwhile, the accused are out on bail after spending 11 years in jail.

Rameshwar, his father Mohan and uncle Dal Chand, who were accused of murdering Bhagwan Das in the village of Mau Ranipur in Jhansi (UP) on Aug 2, 2000, have challenged their conviction in the Supreme Court claiming that the alleged victim is still alive and live in a village in Jhansi.

A bench of Justices, RM Lodha and HL Gokhale said that the murdered man and the one who returned, have the same name - Bhagwan Das. Uttar Pradesh Government told the Supreme Court that he is not the man who was killed and claimed that victim had a step-brother with the same name.

The Supreme Court ordered the Jhansi sessions judge to hold an enquiry into the alleged return of the murdered person and asked the judge to submit a report on the findings within three months. Meanwhile, the bench ordered the petitioners and the prosecution to appear before the sessions judge on January 24, 2012, to present their evidence.

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