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Sandhya murder case: SC denies anticipatory bail to son

Raghuveer’s plea was earlier rejected by the lower court and the Bombay High Court.

Nearly a year after Navi Mumbai resident Sandhya Singh went missing and was later found dead,the Supreme Court Saturday rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by her son Raghuveer,who is currently the Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s prime suspect in the case. Raghuveer’s plea was earlier rejected by the lower court and the Bombay High Court. With the Supreme Court’s rejection,the Crime Branch is set to arrest him soon.

“After his anticipatory bail application was rejected by the HC,Raghuveer had approached the SC last month. On Saturday,the SC upheld the HC’s order. We are looking for Raghuveer and will arrest him as soon as we find him,” said a Crime Branch officer.

Crime Branch chief Himanshu Roy confirmed the development.

Sandhya,the sister of musician duo Jatin and Lalit Pandit and yesteryear actresses Sulakshana and Vijeta Pandit,left her residence on December 13,2012. She went missing the same day. Her partial skeleton was found on the Palm Beach road in Navi Mumbai on January 28. The case,which was initially being investigated by the Navi Mumbai police,was handed over to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.

From the beginning,police suspected the involvement of Sandhya’s family members in the murder case. Sources said circumstances under which her skeleton was found pointed towards this. Police had found hair extensions and a rudraksh rosary along with the skeleton,which led Sandhya’s family members to believe that the skeleton belonged to her. Forensic analysis later confirmed the same.

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“If a person goes missing,the family has to wait for seven years before the person can be declared officially dead and the property be transferred to the designated next of kin. However,if concrete proof of the missing person being dead turns up,the property can be transferred immediately. This had led us to suspect the involvement of a member of an immediate family member. Because the person who dumped the partial skeleton took care to dump with it things that would help identify the skeleton as Sandhya’s,” said a Crime Branch officer.

Raghuveer became the prime suspect after the Crime Branch found several discrepancies in his statements. While Raghuveer claimed that Sandhya had left for a relative’s place in Juhu,other relatives said she had left home saying that she was going to the bank to deposit jewellery. When his sister called him the next day,he told her that Sandhya had taken sedatives and was sleeping. Raghuveer later claimed that he lied about Sandhya’s whereabouts because he did not want his relatives to worry before being sure that something untoward has happened.

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