The investigations in the Esther Anuhya murder case have got a major boost with a positive forensic report on the 23-year-old techie's belongings that were recovered from the accused.
The police had recovered a jeans pant, a t-shirt, an identity card and sunglasses, they believed belonged to Anuhya, from the house of the sister of Chandrabhan Sanap, who has been charged with the murder.
These items were sent for forensic analysis and the DNA samples collected from the identity card and sunglasses have confirmed they belonged to Anhuya.
"We have received the forensic report which confirms that the DNA samples found from the spectacles and ID card were Ester's. This is major evidence that will bolster our case," Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police (crime), told dna.
The police plan to file the charge sheet in the case next week.
They say that the charge sheet would contain details of statements of witnesses, records of phone calls by Sanap and his friend Nandkishore Sahu, the statement of the Nashik astrologer Sanap had approached after committing the crime, the forensic report and the scientific tests conducted.
Sanap, who is in Arthur Road jail, was identified during an identification parade by seven persons, who said they saw him at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on the morning of January 5, when Anuhya went missing. The witnesses include taxi drivers, parking lot attendants and a watchman.
The girl, a native of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, was employed as a systems engineer with an IT firm in Mumbai.
The decomposed body of the girl was found abandoned near the Eastern Express Highway at Kanjurmarg on January 16.
The case was handed over to the crime branch. Sanap was arrested on March 2. He lived at Sai Society, Karve Nagar, Kanjurmarg. He confessed to committing the crime, but claimed that his initial intention was only to rob the girl.
The police also recovered Anuhya's trolley bag and the motorcycle Sanap used after promising to reach the girl to her destination. He borrowed the vehicle from Sahu.