Amit Hazra files for bail, pleads innocent in Arpita Tiwari murder
Hazra’s advocate, B Hatkar, in the bail application said the police “deliberately and falsely involved Hazra in the present controversies.”Updated: Feb 09, 2018 00:39 IST
Three weeks after being arrested in connection to the murder of emcee Arpita Tiwari, accused Amit Hazra on Thursday applied for bail at the Dindoshi sessions court.
Hazra’s advocate, B Hatkar, in the bail application said that Hazra is innocent and the police “deliberately and falsely involved him in the present controversies.”
“There is no incriminating material or evidence collected by the investigation authority to implicate him under the said alleged offence. The investigation is being carried out only on the basis of a polygraph test by the police which is not admissible as evidence by law,” the bail application read.
Tiwari, 25, was found dead at a high-rise in Malad on December 11. She had gone for drinks with her boyfriend Pankaj Jadhav and Hazra.
The trio returned to Hazra’s residence at Manavshtal apartment at 3 am. Tiwari’s body was found at around 7.30 am. Investigations by the police are underway to determine what transpired within this time frame.
The police initially ruled it as suicide and filed an accidental death report. However, it was changed to murder following the complaint of Tiwari’s father Triveninath.
The police conducted a polygraph test on Hazra, along with four other suspects present at the apartment on the night of the incident. Hazra was arrested on January 15 after the police claimed that his polygraph test showed inconsistency in responses.
In his bail application, Hazra has claimed that Jadhav and Tiwari had been in a relationship for eight years and that Tiwari was depressed as Jadhav had been avoiding her for two years.
The court will hear the matter on February 13.
First Published: Feb 09, 2018 00:27 IST