Lapses and loopholes in Sonal murder case
THOUGH THE police have arrested Mukesh Acharya for the murder of teenaged Sonal Jadhav but all available evidences don?t conclusively point towards his involvement in the sensational murder. Even a section of officials in the police believe that it will not be easy for police to prove Acharya?s involvement.india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 14:12 IST
THOUGH THE police have arrested Mukesh Acharya for the murder of teenaged Sonal Jadhav but all available evidences don’t conclusively point towards his involvement in the sensational murder. Even a section of officials in the police believe that it will not be easy for police to prove Acharya’s involvement.
In fact, after several rounds of interrogation with Acharya in the past the police had let him off. Initially the case was with the Kamla Nagar police, but a few days back it was suddenly handed over to the Crime Branch and they arrested him for murder.
Interestingly the official earlier investigating the case had refused to believe that Acharya was the accused and put his foot down despite pressure from superiors. The reason was that evidences did not directly point towards his involvement and the investigators felt that it could be the handiwork of someone else.
On the day the girl was murdered, Acharya’s presence at his office was established for several hours, according to sources. Despite being a novice to police’s methods, Acharya survived long periods of detention and did not confess his involvement.
During investigations it was found that Sonal had a long list of friends and Acharya was just one of them. Even many of his colleagues used to speak to her. Further, he didn’t try to flee all through this period and remained in Bhopal available to police.
Besides, the police found no other evidence and the blood sample, which police recovered from his shirt during search at his house, was no conclusive evidence because it was later found that the girl and the youth had same blood group.
Insiders in the police say that except this sample that could have been the result of a gash there was no concrete evidence.
“The Crime Branch did shoddy investigation and have arrested the youth but it will not be easy to prove his involvement”, said an official who was part of the investigating team that earlier probed the case.
First Published: Apr 28, 2006 14:12 IST