The Dindoshi Sessions Court Wednesday refused to grant bail to one of the accused in the murders of the artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani. The accused, Vijay Rajbhar, was among the first ones to be arrested by Kandivli police after the bodies of Upadhyay and Bhambhani were found wrapped in plastic and packed in boxes, that were dumped in a drain in Laljipada, Kandivli.
Rajbhar, a tempo driver residing in Laljipada, has been accused by the police of transporting the bodies to the drain hours after the murders.
“We have got ample evidence of his involvement in the conspiracy,” said public prosecutor Datta Mudiganti.
Rajbhar, he added, had taken an active part in the conspiracy along with the other accused.
“He was present when the bodies were being wrapped in plastic at the workshop where the crime took place. He also hid Bhambhani’s Honda car and helped the other accused destroy evidence of the crime,” Mudiganti argued.
The police’s chargesheet also cites several local residents who claim to have seen the accused load large objects wrapped in plastic into Rajbhar’s truck in the early hours of December 12, 2015.
Rajbhar’s lawyer contended that he is innocent of all charges and that he is an illiterate labourer who took up whatever work came his way.