HC directs police to file status on second FIR on Jessica murder
New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today came down heavily on the Delhi Police and directed it to file the case diary, brief synopsis and status of the second FIR registered in the Jessica Lal murder case, at Mehrauli police station in February 2006.
A Division Bench headed by acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain expressed its displeasure for filing the status report in a sealed cover in the court instead of filing it in the Registry before the date of hearing.
Adjourning the matter till May 8, the court asked the police to file the documents two days before the next date of hearing.
On February 24, the court had taken suo motu congnisance of the newspaper reports on the acquittal of all accused in the murder case, and issued notice to the Delhi police commissioner to file a reply stating the reasons of ''shoddy investigation''.
Despite the Police challenging the acquittal of all the accused in another bench, the court wanted to know about the lacunae in the investigation as stated by the Sessions Judge in his order.
A PIL was filed on December 17, 1999 by Bhrastachar Virodhi Sangathan, an NGO, seeking direction of the High Court to the police for trial and investigation in the case.
The Court observed that the petition was dismissed as the police had filed the chargesheet in the court and the criminal proceedings were going on in the trial court.
It is presumed that the police had mentioned about the investigation relating to the second FIR, statement of Manu Sharma and other accused in the status report.
Additional Sessions Judge S. L. Bhayana, who has been alleviated as High Court Judge, had acquitted all the accused in the case saying the prosecution had failed "miserably" to sustain the grounds on which the trial was built up.
The trial judge had also pulled up the police for not being able to recover the weapon of offence and for their failure to establish an unbreakable chain of circumstances leading to the murder of the young ramp model in the presence of hundreds of guests at sociallite Bina Ramani's restaurant in South Delhi on the intervening night of April 29-30, 1999.
The other accused are former Parliamentian D P Yadav's son Vikas Yadav, former employess of Coca-Cola Company Alok Khanna and Amardeep Singh Gill, Shyam Sunder Sharma, Amit Jhingan, Yograj Singh, Harvinder Chopra, Vikas Gill, Raja Chopra, Ravinder Krishan Sudan and Dhanraj.
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