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Delhi Police to challenge verdict in High Court

Officials who influenced the investigation will be produced before the court.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 18:31 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Under mounting public pressure, Delhi Police on Tuesday decided to challenge the verdict in the Jessica Lall murder case in High Court.

At the same time, the Delhi Police made it clear that officials who did not "function in an appropriate manner" would be produced before the court.

"Very shortly we will be filing an appeal," Delhi Police Commissioner Krishna Kant Paul told reporters in New Delhi following criticism of the police handling of the case in which a sessions court acquitted all the nine accused, including Manu Sharma, the son of a Haryana politician.

He said "officials who did not function in an appropriate manner would be produced before the court."

"Whosoever is responsible ... We will see that they are brought before the court," Paul said referring to the letter he, as Joint Commissioner (Crime), had written in 2001 to the then Commissioner of Police Ajai Raj Sharma suggesting an internal probe against officials investigating the case.

He said the police had taken a decision not to take action on his 2001 report as it could "vitiate the trial" which had already begun.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 13:02 IST