- Police asked lawyer to present himself to give statement on the case
- Praneesh Chacko said as a lawyer he has the prerogative to decide not to disclose details of case
- Court held that police can interrogate lawyer to clear ambiguity relating to case
Kerala High Court granted permission to interrogate the lawyer of Pulsar Suni, the key accused in the abduction and assault of actress. Court gave the order in a case filed by the lawyer Pratheesh Chacko questioning the authority of police to interrogate him.
Investigating officers had earlier asked him to present himself for recording statement, but he approached court challenging the move. He argued that police lacked authority to quiz about the communication between a lawyer and his client. If lawyers are forced to act as witnesses of the case handled by them, then all lawyers will have to become witnesses. It is the prerogative of a lawyer not to disclose the statements of their client to anyone, he argued.
However, the court made it clear that police can interrogate to clear any ambiguity relating to the case and police had served him notice as a witness to record his statement, and the move cannot be opposed.
Police demanded to question the lawyer after Pulsar Suni revealed that he had handed over the mobile phone, memory card and SIM, he had used to record the visuals of the actress, to his lawyer. Further, police had recovered the dress of Pulsar Suni, which he was wearing when he committed the crime, from the house of lawyer.
Investigating officials wants to check the veracity of statements given by Suni and to get more clarity on the matter. They believe that the accused was trying to mislead investigation by stating that he had thrown the mobile phone into the backwaters.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:40 PM IST