Mumbai -- The Bombay High Court today directed four young men accused of molestation and attempted murder to sweep public roads once a week for six months while quashing the case against them.
The four youths - Ankit Jadhav, Suhas Thakur, Milind More and Amit Adkhale - approached the high court seeking quashing of the attempt to murder and molestation case lodged against them by the Thane police in October last year.
The petitioners sought quashing of the case on the ground that they have reached at an amicable settlement with the complainants.
A Mumbai Mirror reports the bench asking the accused, "Will sweeping the roads clean the dirt in your mind as well? That is something that needs to happen," asked the bench.
The court then turned towards the victims and inquired if they had consented for quashing of the case. The reply was affirmative after which the court passed the order.
"An officer from the Naupada police station - where the original case was registered - has been directed to monitor the community service by the accused. The accused are supposed to perform the job between 7 and 11 am and then between 4 and 7pm every Sunday for the next six months," reports Mirror.
According to police, during a Dussehra procession in Thane in October the four, who were allegedly drunk, misbehaved with some women and assaulted a man who objected to it.
An FIR was subsequently lodged against the four for attempt to murder and molestation.
A division bench of Justices R V More and V L Achiliya while hearing the case today agreed to quash the case, but suggested the youths to do some community service in return.
The court then directed the four to sweep public roads in Thane for eight hours every Sunday for next six months. A police officer from Naupada police station will monitor if they are following the court order.
With inputs from PTI.
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