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Court slams cops for shoddy probe in murder case

Sumit Saxena, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 09, 2013
First Published: 23:57 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:02 IST(10/3/2013)

A local court junked the closure report by the police into the death of a 35-year-old woman, who was found hanging at her house in February 2011, ordering the latter to re-investigate the case.

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The closure report claimed that it was a case of suicide and not murder, hence, requires no further investigation.

Perusing photographs provided with the case documents, metropolitan magistrate Charu Aggarwal said the case has not been investigated properly. 

“It does not seem to be a case of death by hanging...the presence of the table below the feet of the deceased in the photograph, prima facie, creates a doubt in my mind whether it was a suicide or a homicide.”

The victim was the second wife of a 66-year-old businessman. The family of the victim had alleged that the accused had been harassing and torturing her and used to “coerce her to submit herself to prostitution”.

The magistrate also asked the police to explain the calls made from the mobile phone of the deceased, two hours after her body was discovered.

According to the prosecution, the deceased was found hanging from the ceiling and her husband rushed to the police station to report the matter.

Magistrate Aggawal told the investigating officer to be “sensitive enough” to the facts that the deceased married a man who is not only 35 years older to her but also belongs to a different faith.

Moreover, she died an unnatural death within three years of her marriage.

“The husband was present in the house at the time of the alleged suicide by his young wife,” observed the magistrate.

Criticising the police for a shoddy probe, the magistrate said the accused should have given some explanation to the investigating officer as to why his wife committed suicide.


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