Delhi Court Allows Police To Obtain Voice Sample Of Aaftab Poonawala
A Delhi Court today allowed the city police's application to obtain voice sample of Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused of brutally killing her girlfriend in Delhi's Mehrauli and dismembering her body.
The voice sample test will be conducted on Monday morning at the CBI headquarters, the Court said.
The Court also extended the judicial custody of Aaftab Amin Poonawala by 14 days.
Poonawala, alleged to have strangled Walkar and chopped her body into pieces, was produced before the court through video conference. Metropolitan Magistrate Vijayshree Rathore extended Poonawala's judicial custody till January 6.
The Delhi Police moved a city court on Thursday seeking permission for obtaining the voice sample of Poonawala.
Earlier, the Court had dismissed Poonawala's bail plea as withdrawn and not pressed, days after he claimed he had no inkling of his lawyer moving a bail application.
"Applicant (Poonawala) submits that he does not want to press the bail application at the present stage and seeks to withdraw it. Bail petition dismissed as withdrawn and not pressed," Additional Sessions Judge Vrinda Kumari had said on Thursday.
During the proceedings that started around 11 am, the judge had asked Poonawala twice whether he was willing to file or withdraw the bail application.
After Poonawala informed the Court about his decision to withdraw the plea, the judge told his Advocate M S Khan that once the accused had signed the vakalatnama he had authorised the counsel to represent him in the legal proceedings.
"It was because of a communication gap (between Khan and Poonawala). It will not happen again," Khan told the Court.
Khan also informed the court that he met Poonawala on Monday for around 50 minutes during which his client told him about withdrawing the plea.
At the last hearing on December 17, Poonawala informed the court that though he had signed on the vakalatnama he was not aware that a bail petition would be filed on his behalf. Khan had then sought time from the court to meet Poonawala and seek his instructions.
With PTI inputs