Approximate site plan found at Aaftab Poonawala’s house, Delhi police say in court
On Tuesday, Delhi Police, while seeking an extension of custody for defendant Aaftab Poonawalla in the Shraddha Walkar murder case, informed the court that a rough site plan had been found at the home of the accused, which could help in the search operation.
The police also informed the court that other parts of the bones of the deceased
were fished out of the jungle and the jaws of the deceased were recovered on November 20. Police also said teams from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) were also called to the scene for inspection.
The Delhi Police investigator, while asking for an extension of custody, said more body parts or bones and weapons can be recovered based on the accused’s disclosure.
Delhi Police produced Aaftab in Saket Court on Tuesday at the end of his remand period granted at the final court date.
Delhi Police had applied to a lower court for permission to conduct a polygraph test on Aaftab Amin Poonawala.
On Tuesday, Metropolitan Magistrate Aviral Shukla, after taking note of Delhi Police’s submissions, said: “It is the considered opinion of this court that a further remand of the accused be permitted in custody in the purpose of ensuring the conclusion of the investigation of the case. , the provisional detention of the defendant is authorized in police custody for a further period of four days until November 26, 2022.”
Metropolitan Magistrate Vijayshree Rathore’s court had granted the defendant Aaftab’s request for a polygraph test on Monday evening.
During the production of Aaftab, the court questioned Aaftab about his well-being and the police’s use of third-degree measures.
Aaftab told the court he was fine and cooperating with the investigation. He also appreciated the font and said no third degree measures were used.
According to the legal aid lawyer, Aaftab told the court that the victim used to provoke him and that it all happened in the heat of the moment,” the lawyer said off-camera.
Lawyer Abinash Kumar appearing for Aaftab said he opposed the extension of the pre-trial detention.
During the hearing, Aaftab also said he had trouble remembering the incident as he was new to all these places. He was told to have plans prepared for a pond where he would have thrown the body parts, his lawyer said.
Earlier, the court on Thursday ordered the Rohini Forensic Science Lab to perform a narco test on the accused Aaftab within five days. The court ordered the investigator (IO) not to use third degree measures.
Metropolitan Magistrate Vijayshree Rathore had also cleared Defendant Aaftab’s narcotics test clearance request.
The FSL, Rohini was ordered to allow the OI to conduct the narcotics analysis test of the accused within five days.
The Court had also ordered the Investigator (IO) not to use other third degree measures.
According to sources, the Delhi police told the court that the investigation was continuing. The accused is to be taken to Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh where he went with Shraddha.
The Delhi Police also argued that further questioning of the accused in custody was necessary to uncover the whole matter and collect the evidence.
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