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Anupama murder case transferred to sessions court

india Updated: Apr 12, 2011 14:51 IST
Anupama Gulati

The murder case of Anupama Gulati, whose body parts were found in a deep freezer at her house in December last year, has been transferred to Dehra Dun District and Sessions court for trial, police said on Tuesday.

The case was formally transferred to the court of Dehra Dun District and Sessions Judge from the CJM's court for trial on Monday, Dehra Dun Senior Superintendent of Police GS Martolia said.

The trial is now expected to begin within a month's time, he said.

Uttarakhand police, on March 10, had filed a charge sheet in the case naming Anupama's software engineer husband Rajesh Gulati as the prime and only accused under IPC Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence).

In the 350-page charge sheet, the motive behind the murder of 33-year-old Anupama has been described as the strained relations between the couple and alleged second marriage of Rajesh with Jhuma Dutta of Kolkata.

The charge sheet contains the names of 77 witnesses besides the police case diary and findings of investigations corroborated with evidences.

Martolia said police would try to seek capital punishment for the accused as the crime committed by him was barbaric.

Anupama's murder was unearthed on December 12 last year when her brother SK Pradhan lodged a report with the police after not getting a satisfactory reply from Gulati about his sister's whereabouts.

When police arrested Gulati from his rented accommodation at Prakash Vihar locality in Dehra Dun, he confessed to have strangled Anupama, cut her body into pieces and hid them in a deep-freezer for nearly two months.

Later, police also recovered some of her body parts from the foothills of Mussoorie where Rajesh had earlier thrown them.

The couple has two twin children, aged 4, and they are living with their maternal uncle ever since Rajesh has been arrested for allegedly murdering their mother.

Martolia said there are 14 police personnel involved in the investigations of the case among the 77 witnesses who have been listed in the charge sheet. Besides, Anupama's brother Pradhan, her landlord, neighbours, the shopkeepers from where the electrical saw and deep-freezer was purchased and Rajesh's alleged second wife Jhuma Dutta have also been made witnesses in the case.