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Accused allege frame up

delhi Updated: Jul 31, 2008 20:44 IST
Accused allege frame up in Aus tourist murder case

Two cab drivers, facing trial for allegedly killing Australian tourist Dawn Griggs within hours of her landing at the IGI airport in New Delhi in 2004, on Thursday alleged before a Delhi court that the police framed them as they were under pressure to workout the case.

The police claimed the murder was committed for robbery. However, the victim's valuables and jewellery were found intact -- an indication of the loopholes in the police theory, defence counsel Vikas Arora told Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar.

It is conclusively proved that the police who were under pressure to solve the case as a foreigner was killed, framed two innocent taxi drivers, Arora, appointed amicus curiae (friend of court) for accused Jyotish Prasad and Ashish Kumar, said while concluding the final arguments in the case.

"Just to impute motive for the offence, the police planted on the accused some travellers' cheque and 300 to 400 Hong Kong dollars allegedly belonging to the victim," Arora claimed.

Only the victim could have encashed the recovered traveller's cheques, he said, adding that it was nobody's case that the tourist was raped and then murdered.

Raising suspicion over the DNA reports of the accused, the defence counsel said, "The tampering of FSL report cannot be ruled out as the investigating officer has admitted meeting the scientific expert, who conducted the DNA tests."

The investigating officer failed to bring any credible and independent witness, who did not belong to the police force, in court.

Griggs, 59, who arrived here from Hong Kong in the wee hours of March 17, 2004 for enrolling herself in a meditation course had taken a pre-paid taxi from the airport and was later found murdered in a nearby field.