04 Nov 2018 04:54am IST
By SUDEEP DALVI
After Bismarque's murder and subsequent events, a point in time arrived when the Crime Branch filed for the closure of report and on it's recommendation, the Sub Divisional Magistrate's office closed the case citing the death of Father Bismarque as a case of death due to accidental drowning.
Finding no ray of hope for justice from anywhere, we together decided to approach the Court and filed a petition for reopening the case, filing of a First Information Report and investigation of the case from the angle of murder.
When we filed the Criminal Writ Petition, we were well aware that we were on our way to walk on a bed of thorns, and not that of roses. We knew well and were well in knowledge that the way we have chosen is long, tiresome, dangerous, difficult and tedious. Yet we walked.
The closure of case for the second time by Crime Branch was a step by them that we had pre-empted. Neither we were surprised nor clueless about the happenings in forthcoming days. What had happened had been well anticipated by us and our lawyers long ago.
Refuting the Crime Branch's claim that there has been no evidence of murder in Bismarque’s case till date, and their appeal to the public to come forward with any proof available, we term the Crime Branch's move an act of one man drama.
Ample amount of material as well as circumstantial evidence has been submitted to the police by us to get certain individuals into custodial interrogation. Father Bismarque's self recorded statement refers to many persons, none of whom have been seriously grilled. His undergarment which was found at the crime scene is with the police. Till date they have not given any satisfactory clarification about its status.
Crime Branch's appeal to put the two boys who were last seen with Father Bismarque under lie detector test was rejected by the lower court, and they did not bother to appeal against this decision in the High Court. Above all, Crime Branch SP Karthik Kashyap's interaction with media revealing the contents of investigation while the matter was still sub justice displays his department's seriousness.
This attitude makes it quite evident that the Crime Branch was never interested in solving this case. In fact it were we, the petitioners who forced the Crime Branch to reopen the case which it closed.
Expressing full faith in judiciary we further state that we will wait for the final judgement after which if required, all the legal remedies would be open to us.
Now when the case has been transferred to Judicial Magistrate First class court, we have appealed for being heard there as well.
We will fight back, and we are determined to take this case to its logical conclusion which for us, is nothing less than punishment to those who murdered our friend, philosopher and guide, by any means necessary.