Cops script crime thriller better than Agatha Christie, face court ire
New Delhi: During the trial of two murder accused, a Delhi court found that the police officials handling the case had “scripted a crime thriller”. The two murder accused were let off with the court quoting an Urdu couplet, “Sach ghate ya badhe, toh sach na rahe; Jhooth ki koi inteha hee nahi”. Additional sessions judge Sanjeev Aggarwal translated it, saying, “If you mix something in truth, it will not remain truth any more. It may be something near truth, but not truth, whereas there is no limit to falsehood.”
It was a case of ‘friends becoming foe’. Two men, Hitesh Kumar and Rakesh, were arrested for fatally shooting their friend Sonu in 2011. While Hitesh allegedly doubted his wife having an extramarital affair with Sonu, the victim had refused to share some information with Rakesh, which had irked the latter. The police claimed that the duo hatched a conspiracy along with the other accused to bump off the victim. Cops heavily relied on Sonu’s dying testimony.
Among several findings, the court pointed out that the victim's dying declaration was doubtful. “Firstly, the prosecution did not place the original dying declaration before the court. The one before the court did not elaborate on where and when the dying statement of the victim was recorded.”
Judge Aggarwal observed that the victim himself had a number of cases pending against him. Several contradictions were found in the date of arrests of the accused. “It appears that wholesale manipulations of the case diary and other documents pertaining to the present case has been done by the investigating agency to customize the case of the prosecution as per their liking and innovation. It appears the investigating officer (s) were authoring a crime thriller of their own to boost their career,” the court said.
“The investigating officers of this case namely subinspector Naresh Kumar, inspector Sanjay Gaur and inspector CL Meena have scripted a crime thriller as per their flight of fancy, which could even pale the efforts of famous c rime thriller writer Agatha Christie. The ultimate climax of the entire efforts of the investigating agency is akin to famous mystery novel — ‘ And Then There Were None’. At the same time, this prosecution story is full of various falsehoods, canards, skulduggery, fudging of records to customize and patent crime thriller scripted by litany of investigating officers,” it added.
The Delhi police commissioner has been directed to conduct appropriate departmental inquiry against the erring investigating officers.
Both accused were acquitted while it was held that the life and liberty of an ordinary citizen would not be safe in the hands of such investigating officers. It said, “Therefore, prophylactic remedies need to be taken to stem this rot.” Jamia
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