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RTI filed in Mattoo murder case

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

RTI filed in Mattoo murder case


NDTV Correspondent

Friday, July 14, 2006 (New Delhi):

A group called Justice For Priyadarshini Mattoo is filing a petition for a retrial in the case.

It has filed an RTI to acquire all the information regarding the loopholes that led to the acquittal of Santosh Singh, the son of a senior police officer, in 1999.

The RTI is against the CBI, which according to the judge, had fudged the case.

Priyadarshini Mattoo, a 23-year-old law student of Delhi University, was raped and murdered in 1996.

An internal CBI inquiry into the case revealed how the agency had favoured the accused.

Tampering with evidence

The inquiry, completed in November 2000, pointed out that Priyadarshani’s servant Virender, a key witness in the case, had told CBI that Santosh Singh’s mobike was parked outside the house a few hours before she was found dead.

The servant, however, was never called to testify.

Virender also told the CBI that there was someone with Priyadarshini inside the house hours before her murder. The inquiry concluded that the servant was deliberately left out as a witness to help the accused.

When Santosh Singh’s blood sample was collected, the accompanying memo was tampered with.

While there was a DNA match with Priyadarshini, the defence was able to raise doubts. Since the investigating officer is responsible for these reports, the inquiry concluded that he tampered with the samples to help the accused.

The CBI also could not explain where or from whom it had received the post-mortem or exhibits in court.

Basic investigation procedures like records of seizing exhibits were ignored, which worked in favour of the defence. The inquiry concluded that the investigating officer and supervising officer were negligent.

The inquiry found that a top CBI official visited Priyadarshini’s house even before the case was officially handed over to the CBI.

March planned

A number of students are planning to hold a protest march at India Gate on July 23, 2006.

The miscarriage of justice in the Jessica Lall case and the subsequent public outcry has encouraged Mattoo’s supporters to take a strong stand.

Contact Details:
Aditya Raj Kaul 011-2649 3456, 9873297834
Aditya’s mother 9818844338

Voicing his anger at the present justice delivery mechanism, a 16-year-old boy has demanded justice through an online petition.

Though Aditya Raj Kaul only knows the families of the victims through newspapers and television reports, he feels very strongly about the cause.

“In my petition to President APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice, I have asked for some action to be taken in the Mattoo case,” said Aditya.

The young men and women are perhaps reflective of a new India that believes in taking up causes that does not affect them directly, and if you want to help, then join the march on July 23.


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