Anant may depose against kidnappers
Kidnapped in November 2006, Adobe executive’s son may testify if evidence against kidnappers is not enough, reports Naziya Alvi.Updated: Sep 09, 2008, 23:30 IST
If the evidence against the men who allegedly kidnapped three-year-old Anant, son of senior vice-president of Adobe Naresh Gupta, falls short the boy will testify in the court, said his lawyer.
Anant, then three years old, was picked up by two men on November 13, 2006 near his Noida residence. Four days later, Anant mysteriously returned to his sector 15-A residence all alone in an autorickshaw.
The kidnappers had demanded Rs 50 lakh.
On November 20, the same year, the police arrested Chhatrapal and his two accomplices. Police recovered Rs 40.7 lakh from them.
Chhatarpal is the son of a Mother Dairy employee who works close to the Gupta’s house.
Talking to HT, Anant’s lawyer B.R. Sharma said though Anant’s name does not figure in the list of prosecution witnesses, if required, they would move court requesting it to examine Anant, who is five years old now.
He remembers each and every detail of those four days he spent with the kidnappers, says Naresh Gupta, his father. “For him they are the bad guys who took him away from his home and served him burnt chapatti.”
Meanwhile, on August 26, the Allahabad High Court directed the Noida sessions court hearing Anant’s kidnapping case to try to wrap it up within next four months.
“The trial court is directed to decide the present case expeditiously as far as possible within four months according to law”, said the court order.
At present, the case is recording prosecution evidence. The court has already examined four prosecution witnesses, including the maid who was with Anant when he was kidnapped.
The police have also submitted a copy of the forensic report of the voice samples of the accused. It claims the voice samples of the accused match with those with the voice recorded by Gupta during one of the ransom calls.
The other accused in the case are Jitender and Pawan, residents of New Ashok Nagar in Delhi and Vijay Chauhan, a resident of Chaura in Noida.
Police records show Anant was first taken to Pawan’s house, from where he was moved to Mathura.