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Officers in Jessica investigation to come under scanner

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 07, 2006 09:49 IST
Last Updated: March 07, 2006 20:45 IST

All officers who handled investigations in the Jessica Lal case will come under the scanner in a new probe ordered by Dr K K Paul, commissioner of police, Delhi. Dr Paul has clarified this; the probe has been orderedin view of the trial court judgement that let off all nine accused, including Manu Sharma, for lack of evidence.

"Naturally all those who were involved in the investigations will come under the scanner," Dr Paul told on Tuesday morning.

"It took us a little whileto do this because we had tostudy the judgement. We are also in the process of filing an appeal against the judgement in the Delhi High court. Whether it happens today or next couple of days, it is difficult to say," he said.

Judge S L Bhayana, whois now the judge ofDelhi High Court, had tornthe investigations carried out by the previous team to pieces.

Dr Paul ordered the registration of a freshfirst information reportunder sections 120(B),201, 218 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, which deal with criminal conspiracy,fabrication of evidence, destruction of evidence, etc.

The FIR (number 120/06) has been registered at Mehrauli police station and thestation house officerhas been named the investigating officer in the case.

Amod Kanth, now director general of Arunachal Police and then the joint commissioner of police (south) has welcomed the fresh probe.

"The Ramanis were the only key witnesses who did not flinch from giving evidence and managed to link Manu Sharma to the murder. The circumstantial evidence was there but the judge was not convinced. I only supervised the investigations but the work was done at the ground level by Surinder Shrama, the then station house officer of Mehrauli police station, who has now been posted in the security branch," Kanth told

Jessica Lal, a model turned film-maker, was murdered on the night of April 29,1999. She was working as a bartenderat the restaurant, Tamarind Court, run by socialite Bina Ramani in Qutub Colonnade in Mehrauli,South Delhi. Manu Sharma and his associates were arrested for the murder. They wereacquitted by a Delhi court last month.

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