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Janhvi Kukreja Murder Case: Two Accused Sent to Judicial Custody

By: Tina Agarwal
22 Jan 2021 6:45:40 PM Maharashtra

On January 14, the two accused of 19-year-old Janhvi Kukreja's murder were remanded to judicial custody by a local court in Mumbai. While Shree Jogdhankar has been sent to Taloja jail, Diya Padolkar is lodged at Byculla’s women's prison. The duo had previously remained in police custody for 13 days. 

The Khar police officer in charge of the investigation told the court that Jogdhankar is short-tempered and has criminal antecedents against him citing a previous case where he had allegedly assaulted a paan shop owner. According to the police, “This proves that he had a streak of violence and may resort to dangerous steps.” 

Meanwhile, the victim's parents have said they are unhappy with the public prosecutor representing the Mumbai Police in the court.

Advocate Trivankumar Karnani who is representing them said, “We have demanded a special public prosecutor for our case. We are not happy with the current public prosecutor representing the police for the remand hearing.” 

He further added, “Maximum opportunity may be given to the police to complete custodial interrogation and we must not incapacitate them.” 

The request for the extension of the accused’s police custody is to allow time for the investigators to establish the motive of the crime. Jogdhankar’s legal representative has opposed the plea arguing that the man had been cooperating with the investigating agencies. 

According to the reports, the post-mortem conducted on the victim found no evidence of sexual assault. However, the forensic medicos did find 48 injuries on her body, including a skull fracture. The police have also found bloodstains on the railing. However, the forensic report is yet to confirm whether the blood was Kukreja’s. 

Senior Inspector Gajanan Kabdule (Khar) informed, “We have also recorded the statement of the doctor at Sion Hospital where the accused Jogdhankar had sought treatment claiming he had met with an accident.”

Janhvi's family has launched an online campaign with the slogan “Justice for Janhvi” to gather public support for the investigations. They claimed to have gathered over 14,000 signatures. 

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