In another twist to the Karan Kakad murder probe,Mumbai Police Crime Branch sources on Friday said his name had cropped up during investigation of a 2009 rape complaint filed by a small-time model in Delhi against another man two years ago.
Kakad (28),an aspiring producer who moved to Mumbai from Delhi in 2009,was murdered at his residence in Oberoi Springs tower in Lokhandwala on March 6,allegedly by arrested accused Vijay Palande,Dhananjay Shinde and Manoj Gajkosh.
“It has now emerged that sometime in 2010,a small-time model had filed a rape complaint at Greater Kailash police station naming a man identified as Umesh Agarwal as accused. However,in his bail application,Agarwal had denied allegations of rape. He claimed at the time that she had been sent as an escort to him by Karan Kakad,” said a Crime Branch officer,who did not wish to be named.
“Agarwal also alleged that he had paid around Rs.1.8 lakh to Kakad for sending the woman to him,” said the officer.
Officers,however,were not willing to state whether any evidence had been found to suggest Kakad might have been involved in such activities.
“We will have to get details of the case lodged at Greater Kailash police station and then follow up on Kakad’s alleged role in the case. Right now,wer are not even sure of the current status of the case. We will have to verify facts carefully,” the officer said.
Police sources had earlier said that Kakad was in touch with bookies who knew him by the name ‘Prince’. Police suspect Kakad was killed after he was unable to repay a large loan he took to place bets on cricket matches,sources said. Police are probing possibility of the money having been loaned by a prominent bookie or underworld elements.
Kakad’s brother and their mother,however,rubbished allegations that Kakad was involved in the bookie circuit,or that he placed bets on matches.