Cops script crime thriller bet­ter than Agatha Christie, face court ire

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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

Mil­lia Is­lamia is set to be a plas­tic-free zone from Oc­to­ber 2. Jamia will ban all sin­gle-use plas­tic items and vi­o­la­tors will be fined Rs 500 for ev­ery vi­o­la­tion. “The en­tire cam­pus, in­clud­ing all hos­tels, will be­come plas­tic-free,” said the state­ment by univer­sity.

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