statesman news service
New Delhi, 2 July
A key bookie in IPL spot-fixing scandal, today filed an application before a Delhi court saying that his confessional statement recorded by the police was given under “pressure”. He also demanded proper action against the erring police officials. The court has asked the police to file their reply on the plea tomorrow.
In his application, Jitendra Jain, alias Jeetu, said that police “misused their powers and recorded the false confessional statement under threat" and was produced before additional sessions judge, Renu Bhatnagar, after expiry of his four days of police remand. He also alleged that during the remand, his confessional statement was recorded ‘involuntarily’. “During the police custody remand, Jeetu was produced before DCP and he was made to get his confessional statement recorded involuntarily, under threat, fear and pressure and clearly in contravention of provisions of law without the proper procedure of law,” Jeetu said his application.
Jeetu in his plea, filed through his counsel Deepak Sharma, said he was continuously tortured mentally as well as physically and was made to sign some blank papers by the police officials in police custody to make further false evidences against him and he was tutored by the investigating officers to give the statement as per their wishes before the DCP and the statement given by him before the DCP is the same story which was created and tutored by the IO.
The counsel also told the court that Jeetu had not made any confession to any person and police officials are mis-using their official capacity to rope in the applicant as well as the other accused persons in the false case. Jeetu is the 29th person to be arrested in the scandal and provisions MCOCA have been invoked against him.