More than seven years after the murder of controversial “encounter specialist” Rajbir Singh, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of Delhi Police, a court Wednesday sentenced Vijay Bhardwaj, a property dealer from Gurgaon, to life imprisonment for his murder.
The Court of Special CBI judge R K Yadav also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Bhardwaj. Last week, the court had held Bhardwaj guilty of murdering Singh over a money dispute.
Singh was posted as the ACP with the Special Operations Squad of the Crime Branch. The incident was reported on March 24, 2008, when Singh was found dead in Bhardwaj’s office in Gurgaon. Singh used to invest in property dealings with him and share the profits.
On the night of the shooting, Singh had gone to meet Bhardwaj in his office for money which the property dealer owed him. There was an argument over the issue following which Bhardwaj fired thrice at Singh. One of the bullets hit Singh in the back of his head and he died on the spot. Soon after the murder, Bhardwaj, who had fled the spot, called some journalists and confessed to the crime on camera. He alleged Singh had threatened to kill him over the money he owed. Police arrested him soon after.
“It was proved in the court, that Singh was last found with Bhardwaj at his office, then there was strong circumstantial evidence against him, which led to his conviction. The weapon used to commit the crime was recovered on his statement, there was gun powder residue on his shirt and a strong motive to commit the murder, which he gave in his confessional statement,” said public prosecutor Rajan Dahiya.