THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) has alleged serious lapses in the police investigation of the Jisha rape and murder case.
In his 16-page secret report submitted to Additional Chief Secretary Nalini Netto (Home and Vigilance) last January, Vigilance director Jacob Thomas said there were lapses in the investigation. He alleged there were loopholes in the evidence collected by the probe team.
State Police Chief Loknath Behera dismissed the report terming it “baseless”. “It is an unnecessary interference from Vigilance,” Behera said.
The Vigilance Bureau prepared the report after it conducted an internal investigation based on complaints the probe was a complete failure. The home secretary handed the report over to the Chief Minister and the DGP.
The report said investigators had failed to collect evidence right from when the case was registered. “The police approached the case with a pre-conceived notion. Many lapses were found since the FIR was registered,” the report said. It said the court would criticise the probe if a chargesheet based on these findings was submitted before it. The report said the involvement of more persons -- apart from the arrested Ameer-Ul-Islam -- was likely in the case.
The DGP said in his report submitted before the government, “The case was investigated by the police in an effective manner.” “The scientific evidence collected during the investigation led to the arrest of the culprit. Hence the Vigilance report is absolutely baseless and it is an intrusion into the police investigation,” Behera said in the report. He told reporters he could not respond to the claim as the case was under trial. DGP Behera had received appreciation from all quarters on cracking the rape and murder case by tracing the culprit just a few days after assuming office.
One of the reasons for the exit of former DGP T P Senkumar was the failure of the preliminary investigation in tracing the culprit.
Jisha was raped and murdered at her home in Perumbavoor on April 28, 2016.