Soumya murder case: Police file chargesheet

In a dramatic U-turn, Delhi Police today withdrew their plea from a court here seeking more time to conclude probe in journalist Soumya Vishwanathan murder case and filed the chargesheet against four accused in the matter.

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2010, 00:32 AM IST

New Delhi: In a dramatic U-turn, Delhi
Police today withdrew their plea from a court here seeking
more time to conclude probe in journalist Soumya Vishwanathan
murder case and filed the chargesheet against four accused in
the matter.

Police, which had yesterday approached the court for
extension of 30 days more time to conclude the probe, filed
the 489-page chargesheet under section 3 of MCOCA (Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crimes Act) against four accused, Ajay
Sethi, Baljeet Singh Malik, Amit Shukla and Ajay Kumar.

It, however, did not give any reason for withdrawing the
application for more time to conclude the probe.
The development came as a surprise as police in their
application had yesterday said that "in the interest of
justice, 30 days more time may kindly be granted to
investigating agency to conclude the remaining task and to
finalize the probe."

Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria allowed public
prosecutor Rajeev Mohan to withdraw the plea and took the
chargesheet into the records.
"Now, put up the matter for scrutiny of the chargesheet
and further proceedings on July 2," the court said.

The counsel for the accused was taken by surprise as he
was prepared to seek bail for them on the ground that police
failed to file the chargesheet within 90 days of registering
the case under MCOCA.

"Yesterday, police wanted a month`s time to conclude the
probe on the ground that they had to verify so many new things
which have emerged during the probe. Within a few hours, the
probe is over and nearly 500-page chargesheet is filed in the
court," Amit Kumar, counsel for the accused, said.

PTI