ARGUING for bail for 19-year-old Siddhant Ganore, a policeman’s son arrested for allegedly murdering his mother, the defence on Monday punched holes in the police investigation and claimed it does not connect him to
the crime. Defence advocate Vaibhav Bagade submitted before the court that one piece of “incriminating” evidence, as claimed by the police, was that Siddhant had allegedly written “Tired of her, catch me and hang me :)” next to his mother Deepali’s body. “The forensic report by a handwriting expert is inconclusive. The police have said in their reply that they want to send it for a retest,” Bagade said.
He told the court that there cannot be a comparison of a person’s handwriting written using a pen, with a message
written in blood. Bagade further claimed that while the police had said that wet clothes, which Ganore had allegedly worn at the time of the murder, were found in the bathroom, the identification of the clothes was not done.
“The applicant’s father (police inspector Dyaneshwar Ganore) has identified a notebook belonging to him (Siddhant) but there is no identification done of the clothes found in the bathroom. It is a self-derived inference of the prosecution that they belong to him,” Bagade said.
He claimed that the police had not done an arrest panchnama or made station diary entries in Jodhpur, where Siddhant was arrested on May 26, three days after the murder. Dyaneshwar had found his wife’s body in a pool of blood at their Vakola home on May 23. Siddhant had been missing since the murder, making him the immediate suspect in the case.
Bagade also submitted that there was “nothing by the prosecution to explain the motive” for the crime. “There are no statements of relatives or neighbours to show that the relationship between the mother and son was strained, nothing to suggest something was wrong,” he said.
The prosecution countered his claims stating that it was a “cold-blooded murder” and that the motive lay in his father’s statement about him being apprehensive about his exam results. The prosecution further said that had he not committed the murder, he would not have run away from home, which remains an incriminating circumstance against him. The prosecution also submitted that the fact that a normal kitchen knife was not used in the incident showed that he had pre-planned the crime. The judge, however, pointed out that the investigation does not show where the knife was brought from.
Bagade also submitted that medical reports of Siddhant proved that he was currently “mentally disturbed”. He said four reports submitted to the court by the chief medical officer of Arthur Road jail (where Siddhant is lodged), and JJ Hospital (where he is undergoing treatment) showed he was showing symptoms including insomnia, agitated behaviour, forgetfulness, irritability, outbursts of anger, and fear that everyone around him was against him. “It is not required to be conclusive at this stage whether the accused is mentally ill or not, it can be done during the trial. We are only making a request for him to be granted bail so that his father can give him medical treatment till he is in a better mental framework,” Bagade submitted.
He said Siddhant had not identified his uncle who had gone to meet him in jail. His father eventually met him four months later but Siddhant had initially not identified him either. Opposing the bail on mental health ground, the prosecutor submitted that Siddhant was being provided medical aid and was being given treatment in jail and at JJ Hospital. The court will pass its orders on the bail plea later this week.