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BSP leader murder: Son hatched plot to kill Deepak Bhardwaj,says chargesheet

Pratibhanand was an equal conspirator and had a direct role in the death of Bhardwaj.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: June 29, 2013 12:53:13 am

Delhi Police on Friday filed the chargesheet in the murder case of former BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj. The chargesheet,filed in the Patiala House courts,stated that Bhardwaj’s son Nitesh finalised a deal of Rs 5 crore to kill him because he wanted full control of his father’s business.

Police told the court that Nitesh and family lawyer Baljeet Singh Sehrawat had hatched a conspiracy to kill Bhardwaj.

While Nitesh and Baljeet have been booked under Sections 120 b (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC,the two men hired to kill Bhardwaj — Purushottam Rana and Sunil — have been booked on the charge of murder (Section 302).

The godman on the run,Swami Pratibhanand,who is said to have hired the assailants,too has been booked for murder.

Police sources claimed he had fled to a Southeast Asian country.

In their chargesheet,police have mentioned that they have enough evidence against the assailants including CCTV footage and call detail records.

Police said it was at the instance of the assailants that the weapons used in the crime were recovered.

Police have gathered the statements of Baljeet and the two assailants as evidence against Nitesh,apart from circumstantial evidence such as the call detail records which revealed that Nitesh and Baljeet had been in touch before the murder.

Swami Pratibhanand is likely to be declared a proclaimed offender.

In the chargesheet,police said Pratibhanand was an equal conspirator and had a direct role in the death of Bhardwaj.

Police told the court that Pratibhanand’s link had been established through call detail records and that he was in touch with the assailants and Baljeet. Police said they raided all of Pratibhanand’s hideouts,but could not find him.

According to the chargesheet,Pratibhanand,Nitesh and Baljeet met several times at the family’s school in Dwarka Sector 22. Police said this was established via cellphone locations procured through call detail records.

Police also told the court that Baljeet and Swami Pratibhanand had spoken on the day of the murder and for two days after the crime. It was then that Pratibhanand fled,police said.

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