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Geetanjali dowry death: CBI chargesheet leaves questions unanswered

gurgaon Updated: Dec 13, 2016 16:23 IST
Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Geetanjali dowry death

Grieving family members of Geetanjali Garg outside the mortuary in Gurgaon after she was found dead in Police Lines area in 2013.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)

The chargesheet in the 2013 death case of Geetanjali Garg before the CBI court raised questions after the agency suggested that she committed suicide even though there were four injuries on her body. Not only that, the agency also exonerated her husband, suspended judge Ravneet Garg and his family members of murder, but filed a case for dowry death. However, there are some questions left unanswered that concern the recovery of a bullet fired from a countrymade pistol and its missing case, a sixth bullet fired from Ravneet’s revolver and a red dupatta of the victim that went missing from the crime scene.

Geetanjali , wife of then Gurgaon chief judicial magistrate Ravneet Garg, was found dead in a park at police lines in Gurgaon on July 17, 2013, with the licenced revolver of the judge lying near her. There were bullet injuries on her lower abdomen, left part of the chest and below the chin and another injury on right of her scalp. The post-mortem concluded that she died within a few minutes of the injuries and those on her chest and below the chin were sufficient to cause death. No bullet was recovered from the woman’s body.

CBI quotes forensic experts

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) quoted an expert from the department of forensic medicine and toxicology of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. “The medical board is of unanimous opinion that the cause of death in this case was haemorrhagic shock due to firearm projectile injuries and it is suggestive of suicidal in nature which may be corroborated with the circumstantial and legal evidences of investigations.”

The CBI also suggested suicide on the basis of a forensic psychological autopsy report. An assistant sub-inspector Saroj Bala had spotted Geetanjali coming out alone from the rear gate of police lines a day or two before the incident late in the evening and had greeted her but Geetanjali had ignored her.

Unanswered questions

The forensic report stated six bullets were fired from Ravneet’s revolver. On searching the place between July 22 and July 26, four fired bullets were found. Three of them were fired from Ravneet’s revolver while one was fired from a countrymade pistol. There was no blood on them.

The CBI had recovered two more fired bullets on August 27, 2013, which belonged to Ravneet’s revolver. So, in total, five bullets fired from the judge’s revolver were found. But where did the sixth bullet go?

Questions also arise over who fired from the countrymade pistol and where did the missing case of this bullet go? The inquest proceedings mentioned a red dupatta on the woman’s body which went missing when the body was sent for post-mortem. “All efforts were made to solve the mystery behind the missing dupatta but it could not be traced,” said the CBI. The dupatta was visible in the photographs of the body as well.

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