The Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of six family members of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, last year on suspicions of beef consumption.
The court, however, refused relief to Akhlaq’s brother Jan Mohammad, the prime accused in the case.
The family had moved the high court after a Noida court asked the Uttar Pradesh Police to file a case against them in July.
An FIR was lodged against the family last month following the forensic report that said the meat recovered from Akhlaq’s fridge was beef, contradicting an earlier report that said it was mutton.
Akhlaq’s neighbours in Bisada village, in the petition filed at a local court, alleged that the family had killed a calf last September, and that Jan Mohammad was seen slitting the throat of the animal.
A mob lynched Akhlaq and thrashed his son Danish (22) on the suspicion that they had killed a calf and consumed beef on September 28 last year. The family has left their village and is living in Delhi after the incident.