July 24, 2015 3:09:58 am
A Delhi court on Thursday turned down a plea seeking police custody of suspected serial rapist Ravinder Kumar, and sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody in Tihar Jail instead.
Seeking Kumar’s custody, the Delhi Police told the court that the accused has made disclosures about 16 more cases, in which he had allegedly committed similar crimes in adjoining areas of Begumpur police station, like Narela and Bawana. His custody was required to ascertain the facts related to the other ‘crimes’, police told the court.
Police said Kumar had admitted to committing two such crimes in Bahadurgarh area and it needed custody of the accused to identify the sites of the alleged crime.
But Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Vinod Yadav directed the investigation officer to inform the police stations of the areas, where Kumar allegedly committed the crimes, about these cases. The officers concerned from these police stations should seek his custody for their investigations, as and when required, he said.
Delhi Police also told the court that Kumar had admitted to raping and murdering 16 more minors, taking the total number of minors killed by him to 27. Police sources had earlier told The Indian Express that he had admitted to 30 such crimes.
“During a period of seven days, when the accused was on police remand in this case, the investigation from the accused has been completed qua this case. Investigation Officer is directed to inform the concerned police stations about the cases, in which, the accused has made disclosure statements and, thereafter, it would be the job of the IO of concerned police station to seek the custody of accused, if required,” the ASJ directed.
“As far as this case is concerned, I see no ground to grant further police custody remand. The application is accordingly dismissed. The accused is remanded to judicial custody till August 5,” the ASJ added.
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