The defence in the Neeraj Grover murder case pointed out some loopholes in the prosecution case, on Friday, while cross-examining a witness — a nodal officer from Reliance Communications.
The officer, R Gaikwad, had earlier presented a detailed report before the trial court consisting of call entries and locations of the accused — Maria Susairaj and Emile Jerome Mathew — on the day the media executive was allegedly killed in 2008. The reports purportedly established that Emile was in Mumbai on the day of the incident.
Gaikwad was cross-examined on Friday by defence counsel Wahab Khan before additional sessions judge MW Chandwani. “In the cross-examination, we pointed out some loopholes that the nodal officer had failed to check in his report,” the counsel claimed.
When, according to the prosecution case, Maria and Emile had chopped Grover’s body and burnt the parts near Manor in Thane district, the lawyer said, “It was expected that the server report had to include Thane, but nowhere in the whole report does Thane feature as a location.”
Khan further claimed that the witness has admitted during the cross-examination that the reports were not verified or tallied with the data on their company’s server and the server printouts were directly submitted in the court.
Susairaj, a Kannada actress and her fiancé, Emile, are charged with killing Grover in May 2008 and were arrested on May 21. The prosecution is now likely to present its next witness against the duo on February 21.