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Jhanvi Kukreja murder case: Bail plea of one accused rejected

India Today logo India Today 09-03-2021 Vidya
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Mumbai Sessions court on Monday rejected the interim bail plea of accused Diya Padalkar, who has been arrested for allegedly killing her friend Jhanvi Kukreja. The detailed order in the case will be available soon.

Padalkar had claimed innocence and was seeking relief to be out of prison where she is lodged right now, on the ground that she had to study and give exams. However, her plea was vehemently opposed by special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat as well as advocate Rizwan Merchant appearing for Kukreja family.

Jhanvi Kukreja, the 19-year-old victim, was found dead at a residential building in suburban Khar in the early hours of January 1, after she attended a terrace party on New Year's Eve.

Following a probe, the police had arrested the victim's friends Shree Jodhankar (24) and Diya Padalkar (19) in connection with her death.

On Monday, the court heard arguments on the bail plea of the prime accused in the case, Shree Jogdhankar.

Arguments by Jogdhankar

Advocate Mahesh Vaswani appearing for Jogdhankar told the court that he needed to study for his exams and he was also suffering from various medical issues.

Vaswani showed circular of Jogdhankar's college to show that 70% attendence was needed for him to be allowed to be sit in the exam. "Either they should provide with laptop and internet connection or they should let him out. Or else he will not be able to sit for exam starting mid March," argued Vaswani.

To press for his case on medical grounds, many medical documents were also produced in court by Jogdhankar. Vaswani argued that Jogdhankar had suffered severe injuries that could not have been inflicted by the girls and that there was someone else there, which should be investigated by police.

Prosecution opposed bail

Gharat argued that jail is the best place to study as there are no distractions. "He wants to come out of jail only to satisfy his vices, sit and drink with his friends. Otherwise he can study in jail also."

Gharat also pointed out that Jogdhankar had been persistently lying about how he was injured. "He has told at least three different stories and all that needs to be verified. Investigation is till going on in the case and chargesheet is yet to be filed," argued Gharat while pressing for the bail plea to be rejected.

Kukreja family vehemently opposed bail

Merchant and Advocate Gayatri Gokhale appearing for Kukreja family opposed the interim bail plea. Merchant argued that the medical documents are either forged or they are fake.

"He was brought before the court and he could be seen sitting and walking without any trouble. Moreover bail cannot be given if it is not life threatening," said Merchant.

"The exams get over in one month. Then why is he seeking bail for 3 months? If he has to give exams online, he can do it from the Superintendent's cabin inside the jail. If the exam is offline, then the police escort can take him to the examination centre. Study material has already been given to him," argued Merchant.

Bail plea of Jogdankar will be decided on 10th March by the same court.

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