One of the seven convicted in the kidnap-murder case of 14-year-old Raj Agarwal had last year alleged that the police had tried to force him to turn an approver.
Raj had gone missing on November 13, 2003, on his way to school. The court, on Friday, had sentenced seven of the accused to life imprisonment.
Karan Walmiki (20), in a petition before the high court on July 10 last year, has alleged that he was lured with money and assaulted by the police to confess his involvement and turn an approver.
“On April 2, 2005, investigating officer RK Yengade, in collision [sic] with the senior inspector of the Crime Branch, obtained a handwritten note from Walmiki under the guise of further investigation to the effect that Walmiki intends to become an approver,” the petition reads.
On June 8, 2006, jail officials took Walmiki to a police chowky at Saat Raasta under the pretext that there was a court hearing. He was served “delicious” food and was promised Rs 2 lakh if he became an approver or else face dire consequences. The jail officials obtained his signature on an application that stated that he would become an approver and wanted to change his advocate, the petition says.
The prosecution had, on July 11, 2006, claimed that Walmiki wanted to turn approver and had sought his pardon.
Walmiki’s petition states that he had made an application to the trial judge in writing alleging that the police were trying to make him an approver but “no action was taken upon the complaint by the judge”.
Two other accused in the case — now convicted — Syed Aslam Jafar (30) and Syed Akhtar Jafar (32) had filed the petition with Walmiki last year. The petition alleges that they were assaulted on June 28, 2008, during their stay at Arthur Road jail.
“The police have grudge against Walmiki since he did not succumb to their tactics to turn approver. The judgment is reserved,” said Abdul Khan, Walmiki’s lawyer. He is expecting the judgment this month.