Goa Police failed to get a conviction in yet another murder case it had slapped against Mahanand Naik who was dubbed the ‘dupatta killer’ after police claimed to have solved 16 homicide cases many of which were languishing in their files for long.
In the instant case, Sessions Judge Nutan Sardessai gave Mahanand the benefit of doubt as the police had failed to produce clinching evidence to prove that he had murdered Kesar Naik in June 2007.
The prosecution case was further weakened as the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad failed to get a DNA test on the bone sample which was found at the murder site.
Police had claimed that Mahanand had confessed to killing 16 girls over a period of 15 years after luring them to isolated places by promising to marry them. The confessions were reportedly made after Mahanand was arrested in a rape case filed against him following a complaint from his wife’s friend.
Although Mahanand has been acquitted in five murder cases so far, he has been convicted in the rape case.