Tehelka case: Cop handling probe is also an author

Their methodical investigation and 'not rushing in' to arrest the celebrity journalist but forcing him 'join investigations' have won many approbations. 'They have won the first round of battle of nerves with Tejpal agreeing to reach Goa on Friday,' said a senior Delhi police cop.

The case is being handled by DIG OP Mishra. If not in police, Mishra could have easily been in academics. A doctorate in Sociology from JNU, Mishra's book, 'Policing Delhi' has been published by Oxford University Press. The book is a first full-length study of the connection between rapid urbanisation, rising crime, and law enforcement in Delhi. The book provides an insider's account of the evolution of policing in Delhi since the mid-19th century. Ironical that Tejpal, himself an author, should be investigated by another author.

Writing on twitter a few days back, former top cop Kiran Bedi wrote, 'Presser by UP police and one by CBI did considerable damage to Aarushi murder case. Their conduct was unprofessional! Goa police wiser so far!'

Mishra is known for his investigative abilities. As assistant commissioner of police way back in the 1990s, he had cracked the infamous Priyadarshini Mattoo murder case involving the son of a senior Delhi police cop. Priyadarshini was in the third year of her law programme, when she was found strangled in her uncle's residence in South Delhi's Vasant Kunj area. She had been raped, struck 14 times with a motorcycle helmet, and finally strangled with a wire. Mishra had pieced together a small cracked piece of the helmet visor to trace accused Santosh Kumar Singh.
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