The defence in the murder case of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha on Monday said the whereabouts of her live-in partner Avik Sengupta on the night of the murder had not been probed properly, and that arrested accused Sajjad Pathan had been made a scapegoat.
Sengupta, who was himself a lawyer, died last year following a prolonged illness.
Purkayastha, 27, was found dead in her rented apartment in Himalayan Heights B-wing at Wadala on August 8, 2012. The police arrested Sajjad Ahmad Mughal alias Sajjad Pathan (22) a security guard, for allegedly molesting and murdering her.
During his final arguments in the case Monday, defence lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan told the court that the police did not probe Sengupta’s whereabouts and what time he had reached the house. Saying Pathan was made a ‘scapegoat’, Khan argued, “My client is poor and cannot fight the system. The police wanted to save Sengupta, and hence made Pathan an accused in the case.”
According to the prosecution, when Sengupta had reached home, Purkayastha was lying in a pool of blood. She was stabbed several times on her face, neck and abdomen.
“There is no explanation as to why the police did not probe Sengupta’s whereabouts. The log record specifically states that the couple returned home together. The police has no eyewitness to substantiate its case that Pathan killed her. On the other hand, there are glaring loop holes in police’s investigations on where Sengupta was, and what was he doing so late at night,” Khan told Newsline.