After the charge sheet was filed on Thursday, the three suspects in the murder of Ankita Bhandari—including the son of a BJP lawmaker who was expelled—refused to take narcotics and polygraph exams.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) did not explain why it wanted to conduct narco and polygraph tests after filing the charge sheet, according to the accused’s attorney testifying in court in Kotdwar, Uttarkhand. Following the defendant’s disagreement, Kotdwar Judicial Magistrate Kotdwar Bhavna Pandey set the next hearing date for January 3, 2023.
An earlier charge sheet against the three suspects in the murder of 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari was presented to the Kotdwar Judicial Court by the Uttarkhand Police on December 17.
“Within 90 days, we will submit a 500-page chargesheet in this case. In this case, almost 100 people have been examined “In a joint news conference with the Special Investigation Team’s P Renuka Devi, Additional Director General (ADG) V Murugesan of the Uttarakhand Police made the statement.
He added that the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unethical Business Prevention Act were also referenced in the chargesheet (IBPA).
“In accordance with IPC sections 302, 201, 120B, 354A, and 5(1)V of the Unethical Business Prevention Act, a chargesheet is being submitted to the court against the three defendants. In the aforementioned occurrence, the narcotics test and other issues are discussed,” he added.
According to the Uttarakhand Police, who had requested permission from the Kotdwar court to conduct polygraph and narcotics tests on each of the three suspects, the investigation into the murder of Ankita Bhandari is practically over as of December 4.
Prior to the hearing on Thursday, two of the three accused declined to take the test, while the third made a request to the Court of Judicial Magistrate Kotdwar, Uttarkhand, and received a refusal from all three.
“The narco and polygraph tests have been approved by the primary accuser Pulkit Arya and the second accuser Saurabh, while the third accuser Ankit has requested a 10-day extension. On December 22, his application would be heard in the court of Judicial Magistrate Kotdwar “On December 5, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) P Renuka Devi spoke with the news agency.
Ankita, a 19-year-old receptionist at a resort managed by Pulkit Arya, the expelled BJP leader’s son, was found dead in the Chilla Canal near Rishikesh on September 24.
Before the authorities discovered her death, she had been reported missing for at least six days.
After a fight, Pulkit Arya was detained on charges of pushing the woman into a canal. Ankit Gupta and Saurabh Bhaskar, two additional suspects, have also been taken into custody.