A U.K. court on Tuesday dropped a case of “sexual grooming” against an Indian-origin British journalist and columnist, Hasan Suroor, for lack of evidence and declared him not guilty. Suroor, who was arrested by the British Transport Police last November after an anti-paedophile sting operation in London, is now planning to sue the vigilante group Unknown TV behind the sting for damages.
“Following a further review of the case, there is now no longer a realistic prospect of conviction,” the Crown Prosecution Service told the Blackfriars Crown Court in a written submission. The judge ruled that he had decided to return an “unequivocal verdict of not guilty”. A written order declaring Suroor innocent is to be issued on June 24.