During its investigation into the Shraddha Walkar murder case, the Delhi Police found that the trigger for Aftab Poonawala’s violence could have been the fact that the victim had gone to meet a friend earlier on May 18, 2022.
Meenu Choudhary, Joint CP southern range, Delhi Police, said: “The day the incident occurred, the accused didn’t like that she (Shraddha) had gone to meet a friend. On this ground, he became violent and the incident happened.”
Delhi Police filed a 6,629-page charge sheet against Aaftab Amin Poonawala in the Shraddha Walkar murder case before Delhi’s Saket court on Tuesday afternoon. The accused, Aftab Poonawala, was produced in the court through video conferencing.
The charge sheet, which runs over 6,500 pages, consisted of testimonies of 100 witnesses, as well as forensic and electronic evidence from the case which the police gathered after months of investigations and searches.
The court extended Aftab’s judicial custody by two weeks to February 7. The court has also ordered the police to produce him physically before the court on February 7.
During the hearing on Tuesday, Aftab asked the magistrate if he would receive the chargesheet and stated that it should not be handed to his counsel since he intends to change his present lawyer.
The magistrate said that cognizance of the charge sheet will be taken on February 7.
SHRADDHA WALKAR MURDER CASE
Aftab Poonawala had allegedly killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar on May 18, 2022, by strangling her. Aftab, 28, then sawed Walkar’s body into 35 pieces and kept them in a 300-litre fridge for almost three weeks at his residence in south Delhi’s Mehrauli before dumping them across the city over several days.
According to police sources, he confessed during interrogation that he had disposed off the saw and blade he used in chopping up the body near his office in the bushes of Gurugram’s DLF Phase 3.
Every night he would allegedly go out with the pieces of Shraddha’s body in his bag, to dispose them of. This carried on over several days. In the meantime, Aftab allegedly also saw other women, and brought them home, even when Shraddha’s body parts lay in his fridge.