Laxity and callousness of the police has once again proved very costly for them.
The Vikhroli metropolitan magistrate on Monday granted bail to the 29-year-old man accused of raping and murdering a nine-year-old girl, because the police did not file the chargesheet in the stipulated 90 days.
The Nehru Nagar police said the victim went missing on March 5, while they found her body on the terrace of the police quarters in Kurla on March 8.
They arrested Mohammed Ajmeri Sheikh on March 9.
“Today (Monday) was the 91 day, and the police failed to file the chargesheet,” said Ajmeri’s lawyer Prakash Wagh.
Accepting Wagh’s contention, the magistrate granted bail to Ajmeri. Senior Police Inspector, Nehru Nagar, Prakash Kale said, “Since the chargesheet was not filed in time Ajmeri was granted bail.”
Interestingly on Monday itself the sessions court rejected Ajmeri’s bail accepting the police’s contention that there are two witnesses who had seen Ajmeri and the victim together.
Police said Ajmeri should not be granted bail as the post-mortem report of the girl and the result of polygraph test conducted on him is awaited.
When asked if the police will challenge his bail in the higher court, Kale said that he will have to consult his seniors.
Ajmeri, in his bail plea filed on May 17, had said that when the girl went missing, he was undergoing medical treatment as the locals assaulted him after accusing him of committing a theft.
He said was beaten up by the residents and taken to Nehru Nagar police station and was there till the next day.
He also had said that on March 6 he was undergoing treatment at Bhabha Hospital as he had suffered serious injuries.