Shraddha Walker murder case: Delhi Police clears 3,000-page charge sheet, 100 witnesses listed

The Delhi Police has drawn up a 3,000-page charge sheet against Aaftab Amin Poonawalla accused of murdering his partner Shredda Walkar and cutting her body into 35 pieces with a saw-like object.

According to the sources, apart from 100 witnesses, forensic and electronic evidences have become the basis of the draft chargesheet of more than 3000 pages. Delhi Police is likely to send the chargesheet by January end. Legal experts are also examining the draft chargesheet prepared by the Delhi Police.

On May 18 last year, accused Aftab Poonawalla killed Shraddha Walkar in Delhi’s Chhatarpur area and then cut the body into several pieces.

The police have also mentioned in the chargesheet that the bones recovered from Chhatarpur forests and their DNA report which confirmed that the bones belonged to Shraddha.

Apart from this, the confession of Aftab Poonawala and the drug test report are also included, though both the reports do not hold much weight in the court, according to Delhi Police sources. On January 4, the police said that hair and bone samples recovered by them from a forest area in south Delhi’s Mehrauli matched those of Shraddha.

Delhi Police have also recovered a saw, several knives and many other tools from the flat where Walkar was killed last year.

The murder came to light when a friend informed Shraddha Walkar’s father Vikas Madan Walkar that he had not heard from her for at least two months. Aaftab also used Shraddha’s social media accounts for months to give the impression that she was alive.

Notably, Shraddha met Aftab through a dating app. Within days, his conversation Shraddha from Palghar in Maharashtra decided to spend the rest of her life with Aftab, despite the family’s disapproval. She left her parents and started living with Aftab.

According to sources, Aftab used to chat with other women on this dating app. After killing Shraddha, Aftab called a woman to his house. That woman also came to Aftab’s house. At that time, Aftab hid Shraddha’s body in the cupboard.

Earlier this year, Sony Entertainment Television (SET) faced controversy after telecasting an episode of Crime Patrol, similar to the Shraddha Walker murder case that shook the nation’s consciousness. In the TV version, the name of the victim and the perpetrator were Anna Fernandes and Mihir Kanchwala respectively.

Netizens had registered protests and accused Sony of changing the religious identity of the victim and the perpetrator of such a horrific crime.

As soon as the episode aired on SET India’s YouTube page, viewers were quick to notice the uncanny resemblance between Sony TV’s Crime Patrol episode and Shraddha Walkar’s murder.
This caused quite an uproar on social media. Those responsible were punished for distorting the facts while changing the religious identities of both the victim and the accused. In no time, ‘Boycott Sony TV’ started trending on Twitter.

Following the outrage, Sony LIV on January 2 removed the said episode of the true crime anthology series “Crime Patrol” from the app. On the same day, Sony Liv also issued a statement on Twitter defending the episode after it was deleted.

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