The Bombay High Court rapped the police for being lethargic in probing the death of a 24-year-old woman, who allegedly jumped to death from the 27th floor of her apartment in Mulund in June.
A division bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice PD Kode has now transferred the probe in the death of Nishi Jethwani to the crime branch, unit 7, observing that the investigating officer has not handled the case properly.
The high court was hearing a petition filed by Nitin Soni, Nishi’s father, alleging that her husband — Jitendra — and in-laws killed her four-five hours before throwing down her body.
Despite repeated questions from the high court, the police could not answer whether they had established the probable time of Nishi’s death.
"Have you asked the expert to determine the probable time of her death? Does the probable time of death and the time of fall correspond?" asked Justice Khanwilkar.
Before filing the petition, Soni had repeatedly told the police about his theory, argued Soni’s advocate Dinesh Tiwari, adding that despite repeated complaints, the police have not probed the angle.
"If a person commits suicide from such a height, blood should have been scattered all around. But, in this case, there was little blood scattered, which indicated that the process of the clotting of blood had already started after she was murdered. It was the dead body of the deceased which was thrown from the 27th floor," argued Tiwari.
Expressing dissatisfaction over an assumption by the police that the cause of death was suicide, the high court observed: "Ordinarily, we (court) would have asked the same investigating officer to further investigate. However, looking at the nature of allegations and suggestions to the investigating officer, it’s clear that the line of investigation has not been conducted."