Sandhya Singh murder: Son may have to undergo narco test again

Raghuveer, who first came under suspicion due to frequent discrepancies in his statements, was arrested on December 16, 2013.

Mumbai | Published: February 17, 2014 1:37 am
Raghuveer Singh (right) was arrested in December last year. Raghuveer Singh (right) was arrested in December last year.

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch plans to subject murder victim Sandhya Singh’s son Raghuveer to a narco analysis test again. Sources said the involvement of his father, former Central Excise officer Jaiprakash Singh, could not be ruled out, and that he might be questioned again.

Sandhya, sister of yesteryear actresses Sulakshana and Vijeta Pandit and music composer duo Jatin-Lalit, went missing on December 13 last year, and her family registered a missing person’s complaint with the NRI police station in Navi Mumbai three days later. Her partial skeleton was found near the Palm Beach Road on January 28, and in February this year, the case was transferred to the Mumbai Crime Branch.
Raghuveer, who first came under suspicion due to frequent discrepancies in his statements, was arrested on December 16, 2013.

“Sustained interrogation failed to clear the discrepancies in his statements. While he had earlier refused to undergo narco analysis, during interrogation, he said he was ready to do so if they would prove his innocence. We will speak with him and then put in an application in court,” said a Crime Branch officer.
Meanwhile, a source said that while there was scant evidence to point towards Jaiprakash, his possible involvement in disposing of the dead body could not be ruled out.

“Shortly after Raghuveer refused to undergo narco analysis, we applied for permission to subject Jaiprakash to the same tests, and he refused. The same point was also considered by the Supreme Court when Raghuveer’s anticipatory bail was rejected,” said a source.

Jaiprakash was suspended from his post as Central Excise Commissioner, Indore, for his alleged involvement in clearing imports that were undervalued to evade duty. His cellphone has been switched off since then.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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