Kolkata: He is visually impaired and was accused of murdering a five-year-old boy, gorging his eyes out to transplant his own.
He was sentenced to death twice by a Behrampore trial court; however, he walked free last week as Calcutta high court acquitted him.
Identified as “Babu Molla,” he was arrested along with his mother and three other relatives in April 2009, after police recovered his mother “Manjuma” with the body of a 5-year-old, while she was trying to dispose that in a pond.
According to TOI, cops also found blood stains on the wall, a syringe, a bottle and a knife, possibly the murder weapon at Molla's home.
The trial court convicted Molla and his mother, but acquitted others. Molla was sentenced to death and his mother given life term.
In February 2015, the high court, on finding some legal lacunae, set aside the conviction order and ordered a retrial.
Once again the trial court held Molla guilty and sentenced him to death. Manjuma's life imprisonment, too, remained.
However, on December 7, justices Ashim Kumar Roy and Mumtaz Khan of the Calcutta high court found holes in the investigating officer's testimony and ordered Molla’s release, arguing that the trial court had not questioned Molla on how his mother possessed the toddler's mutilated body.