A city court will on Saturday hear the bail plea of Aaftab Poonawala, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend Shraddha Walkar in south Delhi’s Chhattarpur Pahadi in May this year, his lawyer said. In his plea, Poonawala sought bail on the grounds that the initial investigation of the case is complete and only forensic science reports are awaited and there is no reason to keep the accused in judicial custody. Poonawal’s lawyer said the police “may take considerable time to file charges” and his client could not be jailed until then.
The matter is likely to be taken up for hearing before the next sittings of Justice Vrinda Kumari, the counsel added. On December 9, Poonawal’s judicial custody was extended by 14 days. Meanwhile, even as police confirmed on Thursday that DNA recovered from bones found in south Delhi forests matched that of Shraddha Walkar’s father, police remained tight-lipped on a forensic report on weapons recovered from the flat where the victim was murdered.
At least one saw and several knives were recovered when police arrested Poonawala on November 12. The bones recovered “in the case” of Poonawal’s exposure and the weapons were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Rohini. While police confirmed receipt of the DNA match report, they did not comment on the forensic report on the weapons.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chandan Chowdhary, despite repeated phone calls and text messages, did not comment on the findings of the forensic report on weapons. Experts said that the evidence available to the police so far shows that Walkar is dead and that there is also strong circumstantial evidence against Poonawal.
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