CCI chief flip-flops in statement to cops
The Cricket Club of India (CCI) chief Kamaljeet Laxman Rajpal, who allegedly attempted suicide at his Cuffe Parade residence on May 8, told the police that his pistol had fired accidentally.india Updated: Jul 09, 2009 01:07 IST
The Cricket Club of India (CCI) chief Kamaljeet Laxman Rajpal, who allegedly attempted suicide at his Cuffe Parade residence on May 8, told the police that his pistol had fired accidentally.
He was discharged from Bombay Hospital a month ago and gave his statement to the police last week.
“Last week, after several requests, Rajpal came to the police station with his daughter Mrinalini and advocates for getting his statement recorded,” said Dhanraj Vanjari, senior police inspector of Cuffe Parade police station.
Rajpal initially echoed his family members’ claims that it was an accident.
However, when he could not give evidence to his claims, Rajpal changed his statement.
“I use my weapon everyday. On the day of the incident after returning from the court, I went to my study and was cleaning my pistol when it accidentally fired,” Rajpal said in his statement.
The police told Rajpal that there were no equipment or signs on the spot showing that he was cleaning the weapon. “It could not have been attempt to murder as the room was locked from inside,” said a senior official, requesting anonymity.
When the police did not buy Rajpal's ‘accident theory’, he changed his statement.
“I do not remember the sequence of events,” read his statement.
The CCI chief has reportedly been trying to pressurise the police officials not to register a case against him. “Rajpal and his relatives are trying hard to prevent us from registering case. But the law has to take its course,” the official added.
The police have decided to take legal opinion. “Based on the evidence gathered, including the medical report, we are seeking legal experts’ help. The final decision would be taken based on their report,” Vanjari told Hindustan Times.