The Mumbai Police on Tuesday arrested the domestic help of Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal for allegedly committing theft at his Nepean Sea road residence.
The police said that the accused Vishnu Kumar Vishwakarma stole silver artefacts, watches, clothes amounting to Rs 40,000 and a hard disk from his residence on September 16. He was arrested from the national capital on Tuesday and brought here on Wednesday, a police official said.
“His wife Seema noticed the theft on September 19 after she returned home. She then sent their personal assistant to the police station following which a case was registered,” said an officer from Gamdevi police station.
The investigators noticed that one of their domestic help was missing. On the basis of suspicion, Gamdevi police traced Vishwakarma in Delhi and took him to the police station for inquiry. During the course of interrogation, Vishwakarma confessed to the crime.
“The minister was unaware that a hard disk was also stolen. It was Vishwakarma who told us that he had fled with a hard disk and had even connected it to a computer. He claims that he wanted to check whether the hard disk was working,” added an officer. The investigators are checking whether Vishwakarma has leaked any important documents from the hard disk.
The accused has been booked under sections 381 (theft by a servant) 405 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code along with relevant sections of IT act. He was produced in court on Wednesday and has been remanded in police custody.