Officer tried to fix review of the case
SABRINA LALL has claimed that last month Amod Kanth, the man who supervised the probe into the murder of her sister Jessica Lall in 1999, asked her to request the police commissioner to retain the team which had investigated the case -- if a reinvestigation was ordered.india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 00:34 IST
SABRINA LALL has claimed that last month Amod Kanth, the man who supervised the probe into the murder of her sister Jessica Lall in 1999, asked her to request the police commissioner to retain the team which had investigated the case -- if a reinvestigation was ordered.
Sabrina told HT that Kanth had called her on March 2 and asked her if is she could meet him. Sabrina and a friend of hers went to Kanth's residence that afternoon.
Joint commissioner (southern range) at the time of Jessica's murder, Kanth is currently posted as DG, Arunachal Pradesh. He was in Delhi in the first week of March.
"Saying he wanted to give a piece of advice, Kanth told me I should impress upon the commissioner, K.K. Paul, that he should include inspector Surender Sharma, then additional DCP (south) Vivek Gogia and then DCP Sudhir Yadav in the police team if the case was to be investigated again," said Sabrina.
At that time, neither had a new FIR been registered in the Jessica case nor a new investigation ordered. "I was completely shocked when Kanth said this to me," said Sabrina. "How on earth could he say such a thing to me? These are the same officers who botched up the investigations and he wanted them to be a part of any new team that would be formed to investigate the loopholes in the investigation."
Sabrina was told to mention this to Paul as the "commissioner would listen to me". "He also asked me not to mention his name to Paul," said Sabrina. "When I told Paul about this, he expressed surprise."
Paul confirmed that Sabrina had told her about her meeting with Kanth. "She had conveyed this to me," he said.