Vashisht Death: CBI to Rely on Delhi Police's Crime Scene Recreation

CBI sources said the agency was satisfied by the report of crime scene recreation prepared by FSL.

Published: 03rd September 2015 05:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2015 05:17 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: CBI will rely on the crime scene recreation done by Delhi Police in the case of controversial death of businessman Manoj Vashisht, allegedly involved in several crimes, at a restaurant in the national capital during a scuffle with the police when shots were also fired from both sides.

CBI sources said the agency was satisfied by the report of crime scene recreation prepared by Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), which was roped in by Delhi Police.

In crime scene reenactment, forensic experts examine statements of witnesses, shots fired, angle of bullet movement among other parameters to arrive at a conclusion as to how the shooting incident might have taken place.

Such recreations have played crucial role to nail the role of policemen in fake encounters probe such as Ishrat Jahan case, Shehla Masood murder among others.

The CBI sources said the report given by FSL was satisfactory and there was no need to repeat the exercise.

They said the agency had recently examined several eyewitnesses in connection with the controversial death of Vashisht and would soon be calling people who had business interests with him.

Vashisht had died of a bullet injury received during a scuffle with personnel of Delhi Police's Special Cell on May 16 at Sagar Ratna restaurant in Rajendra Nagar of Central Delhi, with forensic reports suggesting he was killed by a bullet from his own gun.

CBI had taken over the case from Special Investigation Team (SIT) that had been constituted by Delhi Police after the incident.

The central agency registered a fresh case under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.

The SIT probe was being monitored by the Delhi High Court and earlier this week the team had submitted its report along with CCTV footage of the the restaurant, besides forensic and ballistic reports.

The CCTV footage, according to the SIT report submitted under oath, purportedly shows Vashisht whipping out a revolver and pointing it toward an inspector who had come to arrest him.

In the ensuing scuffle recorded by CCTV, a gun shot rang out and the inspector was seen falling on the ground and Vashisht slumping on him.

Forensic, scientific and ballistic reports submitted to the court claimed Vashisht had died because of a bullet injury from the weapon he carried.

Vashisht, who was wanted in several cases of fraud and other crimes, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The report said another police official too had fired after the first gunshot was heard, but the bullet grazed past Vashisht and hit a mirror.

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