Mehrauli Horror: Case transferred to sessions court, Aftab to be produced on Feb 24

For initiation of trial proceedings, Delhi's Saket court on Tuesday sent Shraddha Walkar murder case to a sessions court.
Shraddha Walkar murder case. (IANS)

Shraddha Walkar murder case. (IANS)

Mehrauli Horror

For initiation of trial proceedings, Delhi's Saket court on Tuesday sent Shraddha Walkar murder case to a sessions court.

Aftab Amin Poonawala, accused of murdering his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar and then chopping body into several pieces, will be produced before a principal district and sessions judge on February 24.

Metropolitan Magistrate Aviral Shukla said: "Scrutiny of documents is complete... Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code is exclusively triable by sessions court."

He added: "The accused be produced before principal district and sessions judge on February 24 at 2 pm."

Poonawala requested the court at the hearing for permission to carry a book of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), a notebook, and a pen to the proceedings so that he could take notes and help his counsel.

In response, Poonawala was directed to file an application before the sessions court.

On February 13, Poonawala had filed applications in the court for release of a 'proper' soft copy of the charge sheet and his educational certificates to pursue higher studies.

The court had on February 7 taken cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police against Poonawala.

On January 24, the police had filed the charge sheet in the case which contains over 6,000 pages, and the court had extended his custody for 14 days.

Poonawala, in one of his applications, has alleged that the police's charge sheet -- prepared on the basis of forensic and electronic evidence, having around 100 witnesses -- has "falsely implicated" him in the case.

He has also contended that the prosecution intentionally provided a digital copy of the charge sheet, which is not legible.

In the two applications, filed by the accused's counsel M.S. Khan, the first plea stated that he was falsely implicated in the present case and was languishing in jail.

Poonawala, who is lodged in Tihar Jail, also stated in his plea that he wants to pursue higher studies, and hence wants all his certificates. He also immediately requires stationery items like pen, pencil and notebook.

The second plea seeks a soft copy of the charge sheet in a 'proper' way.

"The charge sheet in the soft copy or pen drive is not proper as the prosecution intentionally provided the soft copy which cannot be read," his plea said.

The pen drive was overloaded and not supported by advanced computers and that the video footage was mismanaged, he has claimed.

Poonawala has requested the court to pass an order directing the investigating officer to supply the soft copy in a folder-wise manner and the video footage may be in other pen drives as filed in the charge sheet.

Poonawala has been accused of killing Walkar and then chopping her body into several pieces and storing them in a refrigerator before disposing of them in the Chhatarpur forest area over a period of three months.

Poonawala had demanded law books to study. The court had also directed the prison authorities to provide him with warm clothes.

On January 6, Poonawala had moved an application in the court seeking release of his debit and credit cards, citing the need for funds to purchase day-to-day items, as well as warm clothes.


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