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A Delhi court on Thursday allowed police to conduct a narco-analysis on Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused of murdering his girlfriend and hacking her body into several pieces, and extended his police custody by five days.

City Magistrate Vijayshree Rathore gave Delhi Police permission to conduct a narcoanalysis at the request of the police on November 12. Poonawala gave his approval for the drill on Thursday.

Certainly, in 2010 (Selvi & Ors vs. Karnataka State & Anr) the Supreme Court had imposed restrictions on drug testing and ruled it illegal, ruling that no polygraph testing should be performed “except on the basis of consent of the accused”.

Although narco-analysis generally has legal validity, the court may grant limited admissibility after considering the circumstances in which the test was performed.

In a separate hearing, city magistrate Aviral Shukla extended Poonawala’s police custody by five days after police said they needed more time to substantiate Poonawala’s claims of having bought a gun from a shop in Gurugram and his partner’s body parts and taking him on holiday to places the couple allegedly visited before moving to Delhi in May.

Poonawala, 28, is accused of murdering his partner Shraddha Walkar, 27, at her rented accommodation in Chhattarpur Pahadi in south Delhi on May 18, dismembering her body and dumping the body parts in forest areas in the capital over a period of three months to have . Originally from Vasai in Maharashtra, the couple moved to the capital after vacationing in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand just days before the murder. Police plan to take him to the locations the couple allegedly visited over the next five days.

On Thursday, Poonawala was not represented by a lawyer, but counsel Abinash Kumar, who appeared for him, confirmed that the court had sent the accused to five days’ pre-trial detention after police requested a 10-day pre-trial detention.

Detailed instructions from the two judges were not yet available at the time of going to print.

Hearings in this case were held virtually, with the Shukla City Magistrate granting a police request for permission to produce poonawala via video conference and agreeing with police’s claim that the matter was sensitive as people’s religious feelings were involved.

Noting the threat perception against Poonawala, the judge said that the matter has already received a lot of attention and media attention and therefore the trial will be conducted via video conference.

“I am aware of the sensitivity of the case. I’ve seen the matter gain a lot of traction and publicity. So I allow the request for videoconferencing,” the judge said.

Courtroom number 3 of the Saket court complex was packed with lawyers and reporters. While the arguments were in progress, scores of lawyers outside the courtroom began chanting slogans calling for Poonawala’s death penalty.

Poonawala will now appear on November 22 at the end of his pre-trial detention.

Police told the court that Poonawala disclosed that the gun he allegedly used to dismember Walkar’s body was purchased from a shop on MG Road and not a shop in Chhattarpur as he had previously claimed. Lawyers who attended the hearing said police tried to extend his detention because they needed to identify the shop in Gurugram and take Poonawala there to corroborate his revelations to the shopkeeper.

Police also told the court that Poonawala had misled the police in their search for Walkar’s remains, adding that they would need further detention to search Delhi’s forested areas.

A third reason given by police for extending Poonawala’s detention was that they wanted to take the accused to Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh and to Uttarakhand to uncover the truth.

Earlier, Poonawala allegedly told police that he bought the gun used to dismember Walkar’s body from a kitchen shop in Chhattarpur, about 500 meters from his rented apartment.

To corroborate his claim, he took a police team to the store and claimed that the shopkeeper’s father was present on May 19 when he bought the gun 150

However, the shopkeeper has claimed he only sells kitchen knives and no saws or meat cleavers – heavier weapons said to be capable of dismembering a corpse.


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