ABHIJEET CHATTERJEE, TT, Bankura, Feb. 15:Udayan Das today shouted in a Bankura court that he had "voluntarily murdered" his partner Akansha Sharma and he did not want to be released in the case.
Udayan made the declaration when the defence counsel pleaded for his bail and said Akansha was not murdered but had committed suicide.
Chief judicial magistrate Arun Kumar Nandi asked Udayan if he had appointed any lawyer to defend himself. The youth replied he did not have any lawyer and added that he did not want to be set free.
Outside the court, defence lawyer Arup Banerjee said Udayan had been forced by the police to say he had murdered Akansha. "I was appointed on February 7 to defend Udayan Das in the court. The police must have forced my client to say that he had murdered Akansha Sharma. He did not commit the crime," he said.
In the court, Banerjee pleaded for Udayan's bail and told the judge: "Sir, it was not a case of homicide but a suicide. Akansha was not murdered, she committed suicide...."
At this point, Udayan shouted: "No sir, I had voluntarily murdered Akansha."
The magistrate smiled and asked the defence lawyer if he had anything to say. Banerjee said "no" and sat down.
The judge allowed Udayan's plea to register his statement under Section 164 CrPc.