Independent probe by state CID sought in Esther Anuhya murder case

A petition seeking an independent probe by CID into inaction by police for failure to act on missing complaint by family of murdered techie Esther Anuhya has been filed in Bombay High Court.

Mumbai: A petition seeking an independent probe by state CID into the alleged gross inaction by police officers for their failure to act on missing complaint by the family of murdered techie Esther Anuhya has been filed in the Bombay High Court on Friday.

Advocate and activist Abha Singh filed the petition seeking registration of offence against the errant police officers who failed to conduct necessary probe into the missing complaint of Esther.

According to the petition, the police`s failure to act timely resulted in abduction of the 23-year-old girl and then her death.

On December 24 last year, Esther, an employees of TCS Mumbai, went to Macchilipatanam for Christmas vacation with her parents.

She returned to Mumbai on the night of January 5 and took an auto rickshaw from the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in suburban Mumbai but never reached home.

Esther`s brother and father came to Mumbai to lodge a missing complaint when they did not hear from her.

The MIDC Police Station, Andheri, did not register their complaint and told them to go to Kurla Railway Police Station.

However, when the matter was reported to Kurla Railway Police Station, they also did not register the complaint, and told that the matter be reported to Vijaywada police station in Andhra Pradesh.

"Instead of registering FIR and looking into the case, police made Esther`s father run from one police station to another," Singh said in her petition.

On January 16, Esther`s partially burnt body was recovered off the Eastern Express Highway near suburban Kanjurmarg. It was after this, that an FIR was registered by Kanjurmarg police.

"For the reason of delay of almost 11 days in registering the FIR since the abduction took place, valuable clues and evidence was lost. For this reason, as on this day, the case remains undetected, and a crime which would have got prevented by taking proper action duly prescribed under the rules contained in the Bombay Police Manual and other provisions of law, could not be prevented," Singh`s petition said.

She has prayed that an enquiry be ordered by a senior officer to ensure that responsibility be fixed on the delinquent police officers, so that administrative and prosecution action could be taken in this reference.

The petition will come up for hearing in due course of time.