Monday, May 26, 2008

Circumstantial

Having lived in a sort of sterile bubble for the last ten days or so, I am only just waking up to the murder of Arushi. I don't know all that much about it, but this claim from yesterday's Hindu struck me as rather strange:
Expressing surprise, Senior Superintendent of Police Satish Ganesh said: “I came to know about this name from media reports. Why would someone named Dinesh Verma try to frame Dr. Talwar? It is on the basis of circumstantial evidence that the police cracked the case and the evidence pointed to Dr. Talwar’s involvement.”

The police have 'cracked' the case now? All on the basis of, by their own admission, 'circumstantial evidence'? And this is something the man feels able to brag about?

Whatever happened to investigation and the collection of evidence; forensic reports, questioning, checking and double checking facts?

What's the use of reading P.D.James when it appears that the police just rely on 'circumstantial evidence' to 'crack' cases?

6 comments:

SUR NOTES said...

good to know you are as angry as me. just did a post, and have opened the floodgates of rant-land.

dipali said...

The entire scenario is horrific in its amateurishness. Apparently the morning the body was discovered, neighbours were called before the cops, and when they came the cops listened to Dr Talwar and pushed off to hunt for the missing Hemraj, instead of systematically gathering scene-of-crime evidence.
Besides the tragedy, so much else stinks.

km said...

"Good job, Inspector Ganesh. Now let's solve the mystery of the Loch Ness monster."

Cheshire Cat said...

"Why would someone named Dinesh Verma try to frame Dr.Talwar?"

Why indeed? Those Dineshes are a noble breed.

Space Bar said...

sur: i saw! it's really crazy, no?

dipali: no kidding! so clearly, all these tv serials on crime only teach audiences to commit them but say next to nothing on SoC procedures.

km: i'm sure he's due for a medal any time now. right after the narco analysis.

cheshire cat: heh. i missed that, didn't i?

ബഷീര്‍ വെള്ളറക്കാട്‌ said...

the day which i read the news gave me shock which still following me with a pain in mind..