Kundra surrenders before Pune Cantonment Court

Published: 16 November, 2011 09:04 IST | Kaumudi Gurjar |

Murder accused remanded in police custody; Kundra's counsel says she's been falsely implicated

Murder accused remanded in police custody; Kundra's counsel says she's been falsely implicated

In the infamous Juhi Prasad murder case, Anushree Kundra, the accused, surrendered before Pune Cantonment Court yesterday in the afternoon. Kundra, a resident of Delhi, who had sought transit bail from the Delhi High Court on Saturday, surrendered before the court since her four-day bail term was valid only till Tuesday.

No more on the run: Anushree Kundra surrenders before Pune
Cantonment Court. Crime branch officials seek 14 days police custody
to probe whether there are any conspirators in this case. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

Cops at airport
Earlier yesterday, a city police team had gone to Lohengaon Airport to arrest her, as they believed that Kundra's bail term had expired on Monday. The police allowed her to surrender before the court only after her counsel Advocate Vibhav Jathar showed them the bail order that was valid till Tuesday. Kundra has now been remanded in police custody till November 21.

The incident
In the incident that took place on October 13 at flat no 202, Clover Village in Wanawadi, police suspect that Anushree Kundra allegedly poured petrol on her former lover Nimish Sinha and his fiancee Juhi Prasad. Prasad who sustained 98 per cent burns succumbed to her injuries on October 22, while Sinha has been discharged from the hospital. Ever since this incident, Kundra has been on the run.

The surrender
Kundra yesterday accompanied by her father and uncle surrendered at the Cantonment court before Joint Military Frequency Committee (JFMC) J A Kotnis. Following this, crime branch officials sought 14 days of police custody stating that they wanted to recover Kundra's clothes as they suspected that it had traces of petrol that she allegedly used to set the duo on fire. Police argued before the court that they wanted to find out if there were any conspirators in this case.

Counsel objects
Kundra's counsel objecting to this said that Kundra has been falsely implicated in this and it was actually Nimish Sinha who burnt his fiancee Juhi, while he even tired to kill Kundra. Jathar also said that Kundra had to flee from the spot because Sinha tried to attack her. In the court, advocate Jathar said that if Kundra wanted to escape, she would not have surrendered before the court.

JMFC Kotnis however, remanded Kundra in police custody till November 21 stating that investigation in other cities had to carried out. Juhi Prasad's father, Advocate A N Prasad from Patna has demanded that Nimish and his mother, BSNL employee Aabha Sinha, be arrested. Supporting his demand, he said that it was Aabha who had asked Juhi to come to Pune.

MiD DAY spoke to Nimish Sinha, but he refused to divulge any information on what happened on October 13. Sinha who sustained severe burns on his hands, said he is still far from recovery. Sinha said that the case is at a delicate stage and he would not want to speak without consulting his lawyer.

'Son is innocent'
Sinha's mother Aabha, who said that her son is innocent, added that if Anushree's claims about Nimish setting Juhi on fire were to be believed, then Anushree did not have to flee from the spot.

(With inputs from Jagran News Network)

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