Shraddha Murder Case: Plea moved in Delhi HC seeking transfer of probe to CBI

21 November, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court requesting that the investigation in the Shraddha murder case be transferred from the Delhi Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court requesting that the investigation in the Shraddha murder case be transferred from the Delhi Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The plea, filed by a practising Delhi lawyer, stated that the investigation by Delhi Police in this case cannot be carried out efficiently due to administrative/staff shortages as well as a lack of sufficient technical and scientific equipment to find out the evidence and the witness because the incident occurred about six months ago. It went on to say that the minute and sensitive facts of the Delhi Police probe had been leaked to the public via the media.

The presence of media and other public persons at the place of recoveries, court hearings etc. of any accused amounts to their interference with the evidence and witnesses in the present case.

It also stated that the Delhi Police have not sealed the alleged place of the incident to date which is continuously being accessed by the public and media personnel.

The plea stated that in the present case, pertaining to a heinous and sensitive offence u/s 302/201 IPC and in the same sensitive information pertaining to the Investigation regarding recoveries, evidences etc. are being leaked continuously by the Police Station Mehrauli on a daily basis jeopardizing every material evidence and witness so far gathered, it added mentioning that the alleged crime scenes and scene of recoveries are being contaminated by public persons and media personnel on a daily basis due to the unfiltered disclosure of information by the Delhi Police.

“The forensic evidence in the present case has not been preserved properly by the Delhi Police since all the alleged recoveries are being touched and accessed by different public persons and media personnel within the Mehrauli Police Station, alleged scene of crime i.e. house of the deceased, place of recoveries i.e. Mehrauli, Chhattarpur forest etc. which are clearly evident in the various news coverage of the present case,” the plea read.

Due to faulty investigation, the majority of the horrific crimes end in the acquittal of the accused, as mentioned in the plea, since according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, 2021 just 44% of murder cases result in a conviction.

After five days in custody, the accused, Aftab Amin Poonawalla, was brought before a Delhi court through video conference last week. The judge then ordered him to remain in police custody for another five days.