Aaftab Poonawala sent to judicial custody; narco test likely on November 28


Aaftab Amin Poonawala, who was arrested in connection with the murder of his partner Shraddha Walker, was sentenced to 13 days in prison by Delhi’s Saket Court on Saturday after his police custody period expired. “Defendant Aaftab has been sent to his JC for his 13 days. Police have commenced court proceedings to release the accused for further polygraph examination,” said Zone II Special CP (Law and order) he said Mr. Sagar Preet Hooda.Poonawala said he will undergo a drug test on November 28. Delhi police previously said they had not received his DNA test report on the victim’s remains.

Earlier on Friday, Delhi police confirmed that Aaftab had failed to complete a polygraph test.Punawela, 28, was charged with murdering her 27-year-old walker and dismembering her body into at least 35 pieces of her at her home in Pahadi, Chhatarpur on May 18. He remained largely evasive while answering questions posed by interrogators during Thursday’s polygraph, according to forensic experts familiar with the situation.On Thursday night, Poonawala, who was arrested on 12 November, was taken to Delhi’s Forensic Laboratory (FSL) in Rohini for a polygraph examination. Poonawala underwent a lie detector test that lasted nearly eight hours. However, because he was ill, facility staff found it difficult to record his remarks. Meanwhile, the incident has taken a political turn, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah promising “strict punishment” to the accused in the shortest possible time, while the CPI(M) claims Walker’s murder and dismemberment by her Muslim boyfriend was used for “communal propaganda.”

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