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

Shraddha Murder Case

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

It went on to say that the minute and sensitive details of the Delhi Police investigation had been leaked to the public via the media. The presence of the media and other members of the public at the location of any accused’s recoveries, court hearings, and so on constitutes interference with the evidence and witnesses in the current case.

It also stated that the Delhi Police have not sealed the alleged location of the incident, which is still being accessed by members of the public and media.

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 properly preserved by the Delhi Police because 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., as is clearly evident in the various news coverage of the present case,” the plea stated.

Due to faulty investigation, the majority of the heinous crimes result in the acquittal of the accused, as stated in the plea, because according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, 2021 only 44% of murder cases result in a conviction.

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

Aftab is accused of strangling and chopping his live-in partner Shraddha Walker’s body into 35 pieces.

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