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Mattoo case verdict tomorrow

October 16, 2006 22:07 IST

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The Delhi High Court will deliver its verdict in the sensational Priyadarshni Mattoo murder case in which the accused Santosh Kumar Singh, son of a former Indian Police Service officer, was acquitted by a trial court.

A Bench comprising Justice R S Sodhi and Justice P K Bhasin will give its verdict on the appeal of the Central Bureau of Investigation challenging the 1999 judgement of the trial court which had acquitted the accused by blaming the prosecution of deliberately tampering with evidence.

The court had reserved its verdict for September 27 after a month-long argument on the appeal, which was filed by the CBI in 2000.

The appeal was taken on priority basis following a public outcry and media pressure.

Mattoo, a Delhi University law student was raped and murdered allegedly by Singh, who was a year senior to her, at her Vasant Kunj resident in South Delhi on January 23, 1996.

While challenging the acquittal, CBI contended that the trial court did not give prominence to the DNA report and other circumstantial evidence.

However, the agency's contention was refuted by Singh's counsel R K Nasseem, who had stated that the trial court's findings on DNA report was correct as the CBI had tampered wit the blood samples of the accused and even fabricated the evidence to implicate him in the case.



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