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Advocate Pallavi Purkayastha murder case: Defence says accused being made a scapegoat

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 7:20am IST | Agency: dna

The defence advocate in advocate Pallavi Purkayastha murder case, on Monday began his final arguments, pointing to the alleged involvement of Pallavi's deceased boyfriend, Avik Sengyupta, in eliminating her.
Advocate Wahab Khan said police had made his client, Sajjid Pathan, a scapegoat just to save Avik. The prosecution had in its final arguments concluded that Pathan had tried to molest Pallavi and later killed her.
Speaking to dna, Khan claimed prosecution had tried to suppress certain evidences to make Pathan a scapegoat. He said it was impossible to believe Avik, who was an advocate, could not remember if police had taken his finger prints. "Avik passed away a few months ago. However, before his death, the court had recorded his statement. When I questioned him whether police had taken his finger prints, he said he didn't remember. As an answer coming from an advocate, I found it strange," said Khan.

He also pointed out that though police had Pallavi's mobile phone, they had not made an attempt to produce it in court.

The defence further claimed that as per prosecution's case, Pathan always used to look at Pallavi in a lustful manner of which Pallavi was aware of. In that case, why had she called Pathan almost four to five times on the night she was killed.

Pallavi, daughter of senior Delhi-based bureaucrat, was found dead in her flat in Wadala on August 2012. Sajid Pathan, the watchman of the building Himalayan Heights, was alleged to have stabbed her and then escaped from the spot. According to prosecution, Pathan had allegedly entered the advocate's flat in order to fix some electricity problem, and had forced himself on her. When the advocate tried to escape, Pathan stabbed her and fled. He was arrested while trying to flee the city.

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