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Retrial demanded; HC seeks report from police

THE DELHI High Court wants to know from the Delhi Police what went wrong with the Jessica Lall murder probe. On Friday, the court took suo motu cognisance of media reports -- including those appearing in the Hindustan Times -- on police laxity in the probe and issued a notice on Police Commissioner K.K. Paul. The court asked Paul to file a detailed report on what went wrong in the case within four weeks.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 12:33 IST

THE DELHI High Court wants to know from the Delhi Police what went wrong with the Jessica Lall murder probe. On Friday, the court took suo motu cognisance of media reports -- including those appearing in the Hindustan Times -- on police laxity in the probe and issued a notice on Police Commissioner K.K. Paul. The court asked Paul to file a detailed report on what went wrong in the case within four weeks.

A divisional bench comprising justices Vijender Jain and Rekha Sharma, turning the news reports into a PIL, said: "How can all witnesses turn hostile and all evidences go missing?

"If the investigating agencies continued to work in this manner how will the truth ever come out. The court wants a detailed inquiry into this," said Justice Jain.

The HC intervention has led to hopes for a retrial. Amod Kanth, who headed the probe in 2001, told HT: ''The Delhi Police should go for an appeal based on the evidence it has. A fresh case with regard to weapon should be registered and investigated by the CBI."

Jessica's sister, Sabrina, said the investigation had been botched up to ensure that the rich and powerful got away. "It needs to be re-investigated," she said. Asked if the family planned to move the HC if the police refused to do it, she said: "We have not thought about it because it for the state to file an appeal."

The police, however, are non-committal. Police Commissioner Paul said, "We're still to get a copy of the judgment. We'll decide the future course of action only after reading it."