Scarlett family disappointed by CBI chargesheet
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 23:24
Panaji: The chargesheet filed by Central Bureau of Investigation in the infamous Scarlett Eden Keeling death case has disappointed the family members of the victim as charges of rape and murder against the accused have been dropped.

"Despite the forensic doctors confirming rape and homicide, to the shock of my client, the supplementary chargesheet filed by CBI has not only diluted the charges to culpable homicide but also ruled out rape", Vikram Varma, Scarlett's family lawyer, told agency today.

CBI's special branch had chargesheeted Placidao Carvalho and Samson DSouza in the sensational case reported on February 18, 2008.

Varma, reacting to the chargesheet, said there was no mention about the few individuals who consciously tried their best to assist the criminals by covering up the crime.

The lawyer, who represented Scarlet's mother Fiona in her struggle for justice after the British teenager's body was found on Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008, said there were two crucial issues which needed to be investigated.

One is the actual rape and homicide and another is action by some individuals who, "in their attempt to assist the murderers, misrepresented the facts, manipulated the documents and tried to pass off the case as an accidental drowning", he said.

"To my mind, those few officers of the state, who attempted to pass off the homicide as an accident, not only brought down the credibility of our criminal justice system but also brought down our national image", Varma said.

He said that from what he has seen so far, he was disappointed but would comment further only after a thorough scrutiny of a supplementary chargesheet.

Varma said "we are fortunate in India to have one of the finest minds heading the Ministry of Home Affairs. Chidambaram enjoys the highest credibility not only in India but the world over. But such an incompetent action by an agency like CBI could unfortunately damage the credibility of our home ministry, he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 23:24

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