Shraddha Walkar case: Aftab Poonawala charged with murder, trial begins June 1

Accused Aftab Poonawala, charged with murder and disappearance of evidence, has pleaded not guilty.

Shraddha Walkar murder trial | Aftab Poonawala charged of murdering Shraddha Walkar
The murder came to light months later after Shraddha Walkar’s father lodged a missing persons report in Mumbai leading to the arrest of Aaftab Poonawala in Delhi in November 2022.

A Delhi court on Tuesday directed framing of murder charges against accused Aftab Poonawala, a year after he allegedly murdered his live-in partner and dismembered her body into pieces. Delhi’s Saket court has charged Poonawala under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (disappearance of evidence).

Aftab, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty and claimed a trial against him. The matter has been listed for June 1 for hearing when the court will record the evidence presented by the prosecution.

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After hearing all the arguments, the Saket Court said that the Delhi Police presented sufficient evidence and prima facie, a case of murder (302) and destruction of evidence is made out against Aftab.

On April 15, Additional Sessions Judge Manisha Khurana Kakkar reserved the order on framing of charges for April 29. Delhi Police booked the accused under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and filed a 6,629-page charge sheet on January 24.

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On May 18, 2022, Shraddha Walkar was allegedly strangled to death by Aftab Poonawala, following which the accused dismembered her body into many pieces and stored them in a fridge for over two weeks at his Mehrauli residence in Delhi. In order to avoid the risk of being caught, Poonawala scattered the body parts of Walkar at different places in the national capital over the next several days.

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First published on: 09-05-2023 at 11:24 IST