Piyush Parekh,the insecticide and pesticide distributor who was arrested in July in connection with the suspicious death of Versova siblings Rameez and Rehab Chougule,moved the Bombay High Court on Thursday urging it to quash the FIR accusing him of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
In a petition filed through lawyer Anil Lalla,Parekh,who was released on bail after spending four days in jail,has stated that the officers of the Versova Police Station have registered the case against him with an ulterior motive for wreaking vengeance… Lalla told the court that Prakeh,in no way,can be booked for an offence under Section 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide).
Parekh’s petition states that he has been a distributor of insecticides for 40 years and is based in Pune. He had sold Aluminium Phosphide to Hitendra Shah,the owner of Adarsh Stores in Borivali and a co-accused in the case,on September 2011. He mentioned that he had purchased the substance from United Phosphorous Limited.
According to the police,Ruksar Almelkar,also accused in the case,had conducted a pest-control in the house of the Chougule siblings,on July 3,without a licence. The siblings allegedly died after ingestion of phosphine.
There is no proximate link in between both the transactions. Parekh’s petition stated. He said that he had sold the rodenticide to Shah ten months before the incident and there is no evidence to show that the Aluminium Phosphide used by Almelkar was the same as the one sold by Parekh.
Additional Public Prosecutor A S Gadkari,however,told the court that investigations are on and no relief can be granted to Parekh at this stage.
According to reports,the stomach wash of Rehab Chougule shows the presence of Aluminium Phosphide which is possible only after it is ingested,which runs contrary to the claims made by the prosecution that Rameez and Rehab Chougule had inhaled Phosphine after the pest control was conducted at their premises, the petition states.
Admitting the petition,the court said that it cannot interfere with the investigations at this stage. The case is likely to be heard further.