Jessica case was fixed: Top cop
As early as 2001, top officers of the Delhi Police knew the prosecution claim in the Jessica Lall murder case would fall flat in court.india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 02:28 IST
As early as 2001, top officers of the Delhi Police knew the prosecution claim in the Jessica Lall murder case would fall flat in court. They knew their men had messed up the investigation and evidence had been tampered with. But they kept quiet as taking action "would have meant accepting fault".
The fate of the case became clear when K.K. Paul, the then joint commissioner (crime branch), submitted his inquiry report into charges of evidence tampering to the then police commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma. Paul, in his 2001 report, had said that "there has obviously been a conspiracy between the accused and certain officials" which needed to be investigated.
"The harm had already been done to the case by then (2001). The general opinion was that taking action would only further complicate matters as anything blatantly pointed out and put on paper would only go against the police," Sharma told HT on Thursday.
"I had called a meeting with Paul and Amod Kanth, who was heading the probe, and we had a long discussion. It was decided that whatever damage was to be done, has been done. Registering a case (as recommended by Paul) would have meant accepting that things have gone wrong," Sharma said.
But was an attempt made to find out who tampered with the evidence? ''It is not known who it was. The empty cartridges passed through 3-4 stages and it is difficult to say who tampered with it," Sharma said. He agreed his officers could have been among them.