Karan Kakkar murder case: 3 yrs on, family struggles to get death certificate

  • Manish K Pathak, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2015 23:24 IST

The agony is far from over for the family of aspiring film producer Karan Kakkar, who was murdered and his body chopped into pieces by Vijay Palande and his accomplices in 2012. The body was later dumped near Kumbharli Ghat.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has refused to give the family Karan’s death certificate despite the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) having conducted a DNA analysis and submitting a report that states the body parts recovered from the ghat belonged to Karan. The BMC remains firm it cannot issue a death certificate for body parts. Karan’s brother Hanish recently shifted to Ludhiana from Delhi with his family and mother.

“My financial condition has become weak after my brother’s death. There is still some money in my brother’s account, but the bank will not process it till I get my brother’s death certificate. I often visit Mumbai, along with my mother, who is now old, for the certificate. But there has been no help,” said Hanish.

Hanish had approached the crime branch around two years ago, and along with a police constable visited the K-West ward office in Andheri with FSL reports and other documents related to the case. “BMC officials said the body was recovered in parts. Therefore, they refused to give us the certificate,” Hanish said. BMC officials asked Hanish to get an order from the court. But a magistrate’s court in Andheri refused to give the order because the trial court is yet to hear the case.

“This is a unique case. I do not understand why they require a court’s order to get a certificate, as the FSL report states the body found at Kumbharli was that of my brother,” said Hanish. “I do not know how many people understand the trauma my mother undergoes. Every time she comes to Mumbai, she becomes inconsolable. I don’t know who to approach any further,” said Hanish.

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