New Delhi: The Delhi police on Thursday approached
a court here seeking extension of time to conclude the probe
against four accused in the sensational murder
case of scribe Soumya Vishwanathan.
"In the interest of justice, 30 days more time may kindly
be granted to the investigative agency to conclude the
remaining task and to finalize the probe," the application,
filed through public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan, said.
Four accused, Ajay Sethi, Baljeet Singh Malik, Amit
Shukla and Ajay Kumar, who were arrested in the murder case,
were booked under stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised
Crimes Act (MCOCA) on March 10 this year.
Police had booked key accused Ravi Kapoor under MCOCA
last year. They also filed the chargesheet against him.
As the police could not conclude the probe against the
remaining four accused within the statutory period of 90 days,
the prosecutor filed the plea in a bid to thwart any possible
move by them to get bail on this ground alone.
Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria took the
application into records and has fixed it for hearing.
"The provisions of MCOCA and the Criminal Procedure Code
entitle an accused to seek bail if the investigating agency
fails to conclude its probe within 90 days," Amit Kumar,
counsel for the accused, said.
However, the police, in this case, have filed the plea on
the expiry of the period, the defence counsel said, adding he
would file bail applications tomorrow.
The court, which had earlier framed charges against the
accused, is now recording the evidence in the case.
Ravi Kapoor, along with Baljeet Singh Malik, Amit Shukla
and Ajay Kumar, had allegedly tailed the journalist of
Headlines Today channel and allegedly shot at her on the night
of September 30, 2008, when she was returning home by her car
from office at around 3:30 am.
Initially, four accused, except Ajay Sethi, were booked
under the provisions of the IPC, dealing with murder, robbery,
cheating and possessing stolen properties.
Sethi has been charged under milder penal provison
dealing with keeping stolen property.
Subsequently, they were booked under MCOCA after it came
to light that they were involved in several such cases
including the murder of IT executive Jigisha Ghosh.
Police claimed robbery was the motive which ultimately
led to the killing of Soumya.