The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea to transfer the Shraddha Walker murder case from the Delhi Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramaniam Prasad said the Delhi Police was investigating it and the court would not monitor the investigation.
The petition alleged that the presence of media and public in the place where the investigation is going on amounts to tampering with evidence.
The Delhi Police informed the Delhi High Court that 80 per cent of the investigation has been completed.
“80% of the investigation is complete. The investigation is being conducted by senior officers,” Delhi Police told the High Court.
Aftab Poonawala, the accused in the case, was produced in the Saket court today through video conferencing in a special hearing after his five-day custody period expired. The court extended his custody for another four days.
Aftab admitted at the hearing that he killed his live-in girlfriend Shraddha “in the heat of the moment”. He added that whatever is being said about him now is “not entirely true”. The 28-year-old said he is cooperating with authorities and has provided the Delhi Police with a map of the spot where he dumped Shraddha’s body parts.
According to Aftab’s lawyer Avinash, the police sought extended custody as the investigating officer had received a sketch of a pond from Aftab and wanted to take him there for further investigation.
“Aftab told the court that he was cooperating with the police, and the police were treating him well. He said he was not misleading them or lying to them. The police also did not contest his claim in the court,” the lawyer said.
Aftab allegedly strangled Shraddha to death, cut her body into 35 pieces and kept it in a fridge at his home in south Delhi’s Mehrauli. He then dumped the body parts all over town over the course of 18 days.