Ranchi, Sept. 12 -- Sahista Parveen, the wife of alleged mob lynching victim Tabrez Ansari, filed a legal petition on Wednesday, challenging Jharkhand Police's decision not to press murder charges against 11 accused even as the police defended its move to scale down the charges to culpable homicide.

Her announcement came a day after police filed a charge sheet against 11 accused under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC in Saraikela court, and not section 302 (murder). While section 302 attracts a maximum penalty of death, section 304 attracts a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Parveen filed a petition in the court of chief judicial magistrate Manju Kumari in Seraikela. The petition has not been list...