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Jessica case: Delhi police submits synopsis of status report to HC
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May 08, 2006 19:27 IST

The Delhi police on Monday submitted in a sealed cover before the Delhi high court a synoptic note of the status report and various details pertaining to the Jessica Lal [Images] murder case.

The note contains date-wise data pertaining to the murder of the model-turned-bartender in 1999 to the latest ongoing probe by the Special Investigation Team into the botched up investigations into the crime that eventually led the acquittal of all the nine accused.

Counsel for the Delhi government, Mukta Gupta submitted the synopsis in pursuant to a direction by the high court which had on April 19 expressed displeasure at the government's delayed submission of the status report.

During the last hearing, the acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice S N Agarwal while pulling up the counsel for the delayed submission asked her to furnish a synopsis of the status report as the court cannot be expected to glean through the voluminous material.

During her brief submission on Monday, Mukta told the court that the synopsis material included photocopies of the original case diary, the chargesheet and the status report filed by the Delhi police in 1999 on the matter.

In 1999 too a division bench of the high court in response to a PIL filed by an non government organisation had sought a status report on the progress of the investigations into the murder case.

The petition had at that time sought an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the case as it apprehended that the investigations would not be fairly conducted in view of the influential status of the accused.

However, the bench disposed of the petition around September the same year after the Delhi police filed a chargesheet in the case.

The synopsis submitted in the court contained information relating to the earlier status report prepared by the police in 1999 along with the latest report on the circumstances leading to the acquittal of the accused.

Copies of the appeal filed by the Delhi police against the acquittal by the trial Judge S L Bhayana along with the CD containing the disclosure statements made by the prime accused Siddharth Vashist alias Manu Sharma forms part of the latest status report and synopsis filed by the Delhi police.

Justice Jain posted the matter for further hearing to July 5.

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