Priyadarshini Mattoo case file collecting dust in CBI
After the initial interest following retrial of Jessica's case, files of Priyadarshani Mattoo have started collecting dust.Updated: Jun 11, 2006 13:12 IST
After the initial interest following retrial of the Jessica Lall murder case, the files of Priyadarshani Mattoo, a Delhi University student who was raped and killed in 1996, have started to collect dust in CBI. This is because the agency has not followed up its commitments towards filing an appeal for early hearing of its review petition in the case.
As the trial in Lall's murder case was challenged in the High Court, the CBI suo moto started gathering all files and prepared itself to file a petition to review the trial court's verdict in the Mattoo case.
The investigating agency roped in an Additional Solicitor General, who was to move the Delhi High Court for an early hearing of the case that has been pending for review for the last six years.
Priyadarshini, a third-year student, was raped and strangled to death in the bedroom of her south Delhi flat on January 23, 1996. The main accused Santosh Kumar Singh, son of IPS officer JP Singh, was acquitted by District and Sessions Judge GP Thareja on December 3, 1999.
While releasing Singh, the judge had said in his order that "though I know he is the man who committed the crime I acquit him, giving him benefit of doubt".
The CBI appealed the order of the trial court in the Delhi High Court in 2000 and also moved an application for an early hearing in 2001, which has not come up for hearing since then.
Doubts have also been cast over the CBI's probe as the accused was the son of an IPS officer.
First Published: Jun 11, 2006 13:12 IST