As statement of witnesses has not been recorded to date before the magistrate in connection with the September 20 murder of corporate lawyer Sippy Sidhu, 36, questions are being raised over police investigation.
The statement of the witnesses should have been recorded under the Section 164 (recording of confessions and statements) of the CrPC to make the case strong. Moreover, delay in moving an application before a local court seeking permission to put a sitting high court judge’s daughter under lie-detection test and brain mapping also brings ‘shoddy’ police work to the fore, said sources. The delay was despite the fact that the police have already gathered enough evidence against her as a prime suspect in the case, the sources added. The woman in question was a victim’s friend.
“Making the judge’s daughter as suspect is totally based on the statement of witnesses. One of the witnesses, a street vendor at Sector 19, who is missing, had confirmed that the judge’s daughter had used her phone to call Sippy. Similarly, a woman who resides in Sector 27, where Sippy was found murdered in a park, had claimed that she saw a girl running out of the park and leaving the spot in a hatchback. Her statement was also important for the police probe,” the police added.
SSP TOLD US TO WAIT AND WATCH: JIPPY
Expressing dissatisfaction over delay in moving the application for lie-detection test, victim’s brother Jippy Sidhu said when they had met SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, he had told them to “wait and watch”.
“It appears that they have moved the application, when we planned to hold a protest on December 13 at Matka Chowk against the police over poor investigation. Approaching the court by them seems to be an act to pacify us. We had sought arrest in the case before December 13, failing which we will hold a protest against the police work in the case,” he added.
Blaming the UT police for delaying the probe on one or other pretext, Jippy said, “We have decided to go for CBI investigation in the case as we have got a lukewarm response from the senior police officer, too.”