New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Thursday while hearing the murder case of Shraddha Walker sent convict Aftab Amin Poonawalla to five-day police custody. The court has allowed a narco-analysis test on him.
On November 17, Poonawala was produced before the Saket Court. The hearing was held through video conference at 4 pm. The Delhi Police had appealed to the court to produce Poonawala virtually due to his security concerns.
Metropolitan magistrate Aviral Shukla said, “As per the application submitted by the police, the accused faced threats from miscreants and religious groups.”
The judge allowing the application said, “I am aware of the sensitivity of the matter, media coverage…Public traction…”
The Delhi Police had requested additional remand of the suspects, claiming that they needed to travel to Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh to gather more evidence. The police further stated that the Badarpur and Chattarpur woods in New Delhi are extensive and that recovering the body pieces would take time.
Many lawyers gathered outside the courtroom and started sloganeering, “Shraddha ke hatyare ko fansi do, fansi do” (Shraddha’s murderer should be hanged). They all left the premises after the police’s application for a virtual hearing was accepted.
In another application, Delhi Police had sought permission from the court for conducting Aftab’s Narco Test.
Aaftab Ameen Poonawala, who killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walker and chopped her body into 35 pieces, was nabbed by police after being caught in his fabricated story.
The accused told the police that Shraddha had left the house on her own with her phone but online transactions and chats on social media platforms unfolded the truth.
After Shraddha’s father Vikas Walker lodged a missing complaint about his daughter, police called Aaftab for questioning from October 28 to November 3. He said that Shraddha left the house on May 22 after a quarrel.
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