New Delhi [India]: A Delhi court today allowed a narco-analysis test on Aftab Poonawala, the 28-year-old accused of killing his live-in partner Shraddha Walker.
His police custody was also extended by five days, and cops now plan to take him to Himachal Pradesh’s Parvati Valley, where the couple holidayed before moving to Delhi in May.
Earlier the Court had allowed an application submitted by the Delhi Police for the appearance of Aftab Amin Poonawala, through video conferencing due to the security and sensitivity of the case.
Metropolitan Magistrate Aviral Shukla allowed the application after considering the facts submitted by the police. “As per the information, some religious and miscreants may attack the accused. Under these circumstances, it would not be appropriate to produce the accused in the courtroom,” Delhi Police submitted.
After considering the application, the judge said, “I am aware of the public sentiment attached to the case. I am also aware of the media coverage and sensitivity of the matter.
In the interest of justice, the application for appearance through video conferencing is allowed.”
While the court was hearing the application, lawyers were protesting outside the courtroom and raising slogans against Aftab. They were raising the slogan “Shraddha ke hatyare ko fansi do, fansi do” (Hang the murderer of Shraddha).
The court, thereafter, said that the application for seeking an extension of police custody will be taken up through VC.
Aftab was arrested on Saturday after Delhi police started probing into a missing complaint filed by Shraddha’s father Vikas Walker.