Mumbai: The Crime Branch on Friday revealed that CCTV footages of the Byculla Women’s Cell, have confirmed the involvement of the six lady jail officials in assaulting Manjula Shetye. This revelation was made before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, where all the arrested jail officials were produced for custody.
In its application seeking extension of the custody of all these accused, the investigating team has said that these jail officials can be seen in the CCTV footages. Rajendra Suryavanshi, the public prosecutor in the case said, “The remand was sought on four major grounds. The very first one was that the CCTV footages have shown these accused. Their involvement in the assault could be seen clearly.”
“The second and most important ground is that the investigators have not been able to trace the lathi that was allegedly inserted in Shetye’s private parts. The lathi is still untraceable and only these accused can disclose as to where it has been kept,” Suryavanshi added.
Urging the court to extend the custody by seven more days, the crime branch has cited the non – cooperation of the accused in disclosing facts of the case. Suryavanshi said, “The accused are not cooperating with the investigating team. They have been in service since long time now and know the laws and the procedures and so they are not cooperating with the cops.”
According to the remand application, the crime branch also wants to interrogate each of the accused personally. The application also states that the investigators have to record the statements of the 290 inmates who were booked for creating a ruckus inside the jail after Shetye’s death.
On the other hand, the advocates representing the accused urged the court to grant them bail as they all are ‘government servants’ and that they would not abscond. The advocate also said that these women have small children, some of which are 12-months old and require mother’s milk. Considering the submissions advanced, the Magistrate extended the custody of jailer Manisha Pokharkar and others till July 14.