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‘Pressure from seniors leads to failed convictions’

The acquittal of Lalit D’Souza from charges of attempt to murder barely two days after the public prosecutors failed to get a conviction in the kidnap and murder case of Mumbai teen Adnan Patrawala points to lack of legal knowledge and poor investigation by the police, say lawyers. Charul Shah reports.

mumbai Updated: Feb 02, 2012 02:07 IST
Charul Shah

The acquittal of Lalit D’Souza from charges of attempt to murder barely two days after the public prosecutors failed to get a conviction in the kidnap and murder case of Mumbai teen Adnan Patrawala points to lack of legal knowledge and poor investigation by the police, say lawyers.

Senior advocates also blame the pressure from senior officials and politicians, which adds to the difficulties of the investigating officer.

According to senior criminal lawyer Majid Mamon, in most of the high profile cases, the pressure from seniors for speedy detection results in poor investigation. The investigating officer skips the mandatory procedure, leaving several loopholes for the accused to take advantage of, he said.

Advocate Nitin Pradhan, however, blames corruption which has resulted in incompetency. “The officers who investigate the offences should be given a free hand, but they are always under instructions,” Pradhan said.

IP Bagaria, another senior advocate of the Mumbai high court, said that it is not always the investigation done by the police which leads to acquittals, but the incompetency of public prosecutors should also be blamed for failed convictions. The job of the investigating officer is to collect evidence, while build a watertight case is the job of the public prosecutors.