Shraddha Walkar murder: Delhi High Court restrains media from displaying, publishing contents of charge sheet

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The Delhi High Court Wednesday restrained television channels and all other media organisations from displaying or publishing contents of charge sheet in the Shraddha Walkar murder case in which her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawalla is the accused.

The Court further said that its order would cover audio of the narcoanalysis and CCTV footages which should also not be shown by media.

Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar passed the order on a plea filed by the Delhi Police.

The Court said that no media channel or organisation having access to the chargesheet shall display the same on their channel.

The Court also directed the Central government to ensure that no channel displays any such material.

The Delhi Police had first approached the trial court seeking a blanket ban on media houses and channels reporting the chargesheet contents. However, the trial court asked them to move the High Court for such a relief.

Poonawala and Walkar had met on dating app Bumble and had entered into a live-in relationship. They were initially based out of Mumbai before shifting to Delhi last year.

According to police investigating the crime, on May 18, 2022 after a quarrel between the couple in a rented flat in Mehrauli, Poonawala strangulated Walkar, then chopped her body into 35 pieces, stored it in a fridge and later dumped them in different parts of the city over the next 18 days.

The Court had allowed narcoanalysis in the case November last year.

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