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Esther Anuhya murder case: Was framed in rape and killing; Convict on death row tell’s HC

Staff Reporter | Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:27 AM IST

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Mumbai: Facing death sentence for the rape and murder of techie Esther Anuhya, convict Chandrabhan Sanap on Tuesday argued before the Bombay High Court, he was falsely implicated in the case. Sanap argued before a division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre, through his counsel Niteen Pradhan.

He argued he was framed in the case and the ‘material’ allegedly seized from him, which is heavily relied by the prosecution, was actually planted. “The police never discovered or recovered any material be it the articles like specs, clothes, scarf, etc. In fact, my client handed over all the articles to the police,” Pradhan told the judges. “Subsequently, a report was prepared by a chemical analyser who specifically ruled out presence of the DNA samples either of victim Anuhya or my client Sanap.

There is nothing incriminating against me. This clarifies there was no rape and the articles did not belonged to Anuhya,” Pradhan argued. During the course of the hearing, Pradhan apprised the judges of the absence of link to all the alleged sequence of events, on the basis of which, the trial court handed over death sentence to Sanap.

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“The circumstantial evidence relied by the prosecution is not sufficient. The chain of events, as alleged, lacks link. There is no link to all these sequences,” Pradhan argued. Meanwhile, the bench watched the CCTV footage of Lokmaniya Tilak Terminus, which was relied by the trial court in October 2015, while pronouncing capital punishment. The footage, reportedly, shows Anuhya, who had just alighted on the station and was found in the company of Sanap. According to prosecution case, Anuhya had just returned from her hometown to Mumbai for Christmas vacation.

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Published on: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 07:47 AM IST