The probe to trace a minor girl, who has been missing since January, has been handed over from the police to the state Crime Investigation Department (CID).
While hearing a petition filed by the girl’s mother, Jamuna Aligetti, 35, the division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AP Bhangale rapped the police for not registering a First Information Report (FIR) and investigating the matter despite Aligetti’s complaints.
The court also ordered the police to produce Pravalika, the missing sixteen-year-old girl in court by the December 31.
“The police refused to register our FIR despite telling them that we received ransom calls,” said Aligetti’s advocate RK Agarwal. After Pravalika went missing on January 10, her parents lodged a missing compliant on January 16.
Although the parent received first the ransom call on January 26, the Wadala Truck Terminal Police Station lodged the FIR only on January 29.
Additional public prosecutor KV Saste argued that the police did not have enough grounds to file the FIR, since there was no indication that it was a kidnapping until the first ransom call. “It was only after this that we (police) registered the FIR,” argued Saste. However, Agarwal argued that such delays have made it harder to trace Pravalika’s whereabouts. Pravalika went missing on January 10 when she left home to go for her tuitions.
In her petition, Aligetti alleged that after her daughter’s disappearance, she received a call from a man named Aditya Pandey demanding Rs 20,000 in exchange for Pravalika. It was only after this that the police agreed to lodge her FIR.