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BSP MP knew about wife’s cruelty towards helps: Cops

Dhananjay claimed that he was not involved in erasing the video footage.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 19, 2013 3:05:20 am

Delhi Police on Monday told a city court that BSP MP Dhananjay Singh was aware of his wife’s cruelty towards the helps and allegedly hit one of them with a slipper when she complained about the torture.

Objecting to Dhananjay’s plea for bail in the case,the prosecution mentioned that there was “direct evidence” linking him to the murder since his wife had called him before the incident,saying that she intended to kill the help. They also cited reports by the FSL which mentioned that the video footage from the 20 CCTV cameras installed at their residence had been erased on November 1.

Dhananjay claimed that he was not involved in erasing the video footage and that he had been prompt in informing police about the help’s death. His lawyer argued that the knowledge about the servants being tortured did not connect him to the help’s murder.

The FIR against Dhananjay and his wife Jagriti was registered on the statement of a 17-year-old help employed by them. The boy had earlier told the court that he had been assaulted by his employers. On Monday,the defence produced a school certificate showing that the boy was 19 years old at the time of the incident. “The school certificate has to be verified,” Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha told the defence counsel when it was produced.

Dhananjay had claimed that he had filed for divorce in August and lived in a separate house. The prosecution,however,claimed that Dhananjay was in constant touch with his wife since their call detail records showed 50 conversations between them from October 31 to November 4. “If he had filed a divorce petition,then why was he in touch with his wife? This is under investigation,” the prosecution said.

The magistrate referred to the iron grills built at Dhananjay’s South Avenue bungalow,where the help was found dead. “Were the grills built to prevent the helps from leaving the house?” the magistrate asked while hearing Dhananjay’s bail plea.

The magistrate also mentioned that she would watch the video footage from the CCTV cameras prior to deciding on Dhananjay’s bail plea. Meanwhile,the court sent the couple to two-day judicial custody and reserved the order on the bail plea for Wednesday.

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