A prosecutor appointed to represent the police in a murder case has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court on behalf of the victim’s father alleging shoddy investigation by the police.
So far, advocate Amin Solkar, as public prosecutor, represented the police in their investigation into the murder of Shane Ali Sayyed’s son and worked to buttress their case.
Now, Solkar has filed a petition on behalf of Sayyed, who has said the police investigation is far from satisfactory.
Sayyed has said his son Sohail (17) was killed by a woman and some men who slit his throat on August 22, 2008.
His daughter Ruby (19) had wanted to study computer engineering, and Sohail’s friend Vishal Naranan alias Sameer Shaikh and one Sadik Khan had promised to get her a seat in Bharti University.
On August 13, 2008, Sohail, Ruby and their mother went to the university and gave Rs 1 lakh to Vishal Pawar and got stamped receipts. On August 22, Ruby saw her name didn’t figure on the list, and learnt that the stamped receipt was forged.
Sohail asked Shaikh and Khan to return the money.
On August 22, 2008, at around 10 pm when Sayyed and Sohail were together, Sohail got a phone call asking for his location. In the early hours of the next day, Sayyed got a call from Pant Nagar police saying his son had been found injured.
On reaching Rajawadi Hospital, he found Sohail had died.
Sayyed’s petition says when he and his wife visited the spot, locals told them Sohail had been assaulted by one of the men and dragged into a rickshaw.
Police found blood stains and recovered a woman’s hair clip and part of the belt of a bag from the rickshaw. Shaikh was arrested on August 23, 2008.
Sayyed’s petition says the police, in a bid to save the assailants, are trying to get the rickshaw driver to say the hair clip and belt belong to the last passengers, a couple.
“The HC has stayed the matter in the sessions court, which was on the verge of framing charges,” said Solkar.