In the Laila Khan case in which the actor and five of her family members were allegedly murdered, the Mumbai sessions court has directed that station diary entries of Igatpuri police station from July 4 to July 17, 2012 be produced before it after the defence advocates expressed apprehension stating they could be destroyed or tampered with. Khan and her family members were allegedly killed by her stepfather, Pervez Tak, in a farmhouse in Igatpuri near Nashik in 2011.
According to advocate Wahab Khan, representing Tak, an application under the RTI Act was filed by him seeking information of station diary entries from July 4 to July 10, 2012. These were interim dates when Tak had been arrested and he allegedly led the police to the spot in Igatpuri where he had buried the bodies.
Advocate Khan submitted before the court that the reply to the RTI stated that copies of the station diary entries could not be given to him since they were “secret information”.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam submitted that the documents are irrelevant and hence, not required to be brought on record. The court, however, accepted the defence advocate’s submission.
“It is seen that the documents of station diary are regarding the place of incident. The statement called for is of one of the witnesses in this case, regarding the place of incident. In view of that without going to the question of relevancy and admissibility, at this stage, it is necessary to call these documents considering the apprehension of the accused and in the interest of justice,” the court said. The court directed that statement of Prakash Mengal, who was the watchman at the farmhouse, to be produced before it.