Rajesh Ranjan, former Member of Parliament and founder of Jan Adhikar Party, who goes by the alias Pappu Yadav, has been acquitted in the 32-year-old kidnapping case. A special court in Bihar’s Madhepura has given the order that released the leader in the case that was lodged against him in 1989.

The reason cited by the court for the acquittal is lack of evidence. Yadav, who was arrested in May had earlier launched a hunger strike against alleged torture by the police.

Taking to twitter after his release, Yadav tweeted that this has proved his claim of being imprisoned in a fake case. Judge Nishi Kant Thakur while delivering the verdict said that there is not any evidence that proves Pappu Yadav guilty and hence is he acquitted of all charges levied against him. Yadav thanked his supporters gathered outside the court and remarked that “Justice can be delayed but can’t be denied.”

The verdict comes after Patna High Court had instructed the lower court to decide the matter within six months. Notably, the Madhepura district and sessions court had denied bail to the accused in the beginning of June this year itself.

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