The family of slain artist Hema Upadhyay said it would approach the CBI if the Mumbai Police let off her former husband Chintan Upadhyay, whom the Crime Branch has been questioning for the last one week.
“The police are doing a good job but if they let him go, we will approach the CBI. We only want justice for Hema,” said her cousin Deepak Prasad.
Prasad, a businessman based in Thailand, also claimed that Chintan had uploaded a Bollywood song titled ‘Alvida’ on the Facebook page December 10. He added that Chintan had been ordered recently by the Bombay High Court to evenly split his properties with Hema and pay her regular alimony. “It was Chintan who served Hema with a divorce notice on their wedding anniversary in October 2009,” said Prasad.
He also rubbished police claims that Hema owed prime accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar Rs 5 lakh. “On the contrary, Hema had given Vidyadhar Rs 2 lakh when his father was ill,” Prasad claimed, adding Vidyadhar had gone to Hema’s office in Andheri West 20 days ago to pay back Rs 10,000 as the first installment. “Vidyadhar had asked for Hema’s phone number. How could he not have the number of the woman who had lent him money,” he asked.
On December 17, Prasad said, Vidyadhar had phoned Hema and said he had information that would help her win the court battle against Chintan. “That is the reason she went to Vidyadhar’s workshop with her lawyer Harish Bhambhani.”
Prasad also said Hema had had no dealings with Vidyadhar for the last one year and a half and that the wanted accused in the murder worked largely with Chintan. “There does not seem to be any reason for Vidyadhar to kill my sister,” he said