New Delhi [India], November 17 (ANI): A Delhi court on Thursday extended the police custody of accused Aftab Amin Poonawala for the next five days in the Shraddha Walker murder case. The court also allowed the application for a narco test of the accused. Metropolitan magistrate Aviral Shukla of Saket court extended the police custody of Aftab Poonawala for the next five days after the submission of Delhi Police. An application for permission for his narco test was moved on Saturday.
He was produced before the court through video conferencing after five days of police custody. Delhi police had moved an application seeking an extension of police custody for ten days. Aftab was arrested on Saturday after Delhi police started probing into a missing complaint filed by Shraddha’s father Vikas Walker. According to the sources, Delhi police submitted before the court, “The investigation is going on and the accused is to be taken to Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh where he went with Shraddha.”
Delhi police submitted that further custodial interrogation of the accused is required to unearth the entire case and to collect the evidence.
Earlier, the court allowed an application seeking the appearance of Aftab through video conferencing. “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).
Meanwhile, Shraddha’s father on Tuesday demanded the death penalty for the accused while also suspecting ‘love jihad’ behind the incident.