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Scarlett's mother to move Bombay HC

Fiona Mackeown says she would move the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI probe into alleged cover-up by Goa police in investigation into her daughter's death.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2008 21:50 IST

A day after a new forensic report suggested that British teenager Scarlett might have been murdered, her mother Fiona Mackeown on Sunday said she would move the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI probe into alleged cover-up by Goa police in investigation into her daughter's death.

However, Goa police questioned the report saying its author had spoken as if he was a witness to the incident.

"Since they have exhausted all their executive options and the final opinion is clear that Scarlett was put to death, they have decided to approach the High court," Fiona's lawyer Vikram Varma told PTI.

Fiona was also considering the option of going to the High Court seeking protection for herself and also intervention in the "continued cover up by police in Scarlett's death case", he said. Scarlett, 15, was found dead in Anjuna beach here on February 18.

Varma said the family may file a petition in the High Court on Wednesday or Thursday.

The final opinion given by the forensic expert, who had conducted the first autopsy, on Saturday was that the girl's head was pushed into the water for five to ten minutes.

"The report has confirmed what I have been saying all through. I have always said that someone held her head in shallow water and killed her," Fiona said.

The report says the bruises and abrasions on the body are suggestive of signs of struggle, which means the police theory that girl was left to die in shallow water after being drugged and raped is ruled out.

Also, the police's claim that Scarlett was heavily drugged has been contradicted by the report which says the level of ethyl alcohol detected in her body was not enough to cause death.