Staff Reporter

SIT informs Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Delhi police set up to probe the destruction of evidence in the Jessica Lal murder case on Monday informed the Delhi High Court that it had identified police officers and witnesses who had been instrumental in destroying evidence.

Submitting a status report about the progress of the investigation to a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice R.S. Sodhi and Justice P.K. Bhasin, Standing Counsel Mukta Gupta said that the report had the names of police officers and witnesses who allegedly played their part in the destruction of the evidence.

She further submitted that the SIT had also enumerated in the report lapses committed by police officers during the investigation.

Earlier, Ms. Gupta submitted the report in a sealed cover to the Bench. She submitted that the investigation was still going on and the police would be filing a charge-sheet at the end of it.

After hearing Ms. Gupta, the Bench directed the Court staff to keep the report in safe custody till December 4 when it would be taken up for hearing.

The Bench said that it would consider the SIT investigation into the destruction of the evidence after the conclusion of arguments on the appeal of the city police challenging the acquittal of prime accused Siddharth Vashishtha alias Manu Sharma and eight others in the case in February this year.

The Delhi police set up the SIT in March when the High Court took suo motu note of the acquittals.