Months before Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late politician N D Tiwari, was murdered allegedly by his wife Apoorva Shukla, he had told a friend that his marriage was not good and he planned to divorce Shukla, police said in their chargesheet filed before a Delhi court Thursday.
Among 56 witnesses named in the chargesheet, the Crime Branch has made his friend, an advocate, a star witness. “Police have also recorded his statement, where he has stated that Rohit was planning for divorce. Shukla, a 35-year-old lawyer, has been charged under Section 302, which pertains to murder and is punishable with death or life imprisonment,” said the chargesheet.
Police have also attached the autopsy report prepared by a board of five doctors on April 17 in the chargesheet, which revealed that Rohit died due to asphyxiation after he was smothered and strangled.
A murder case was then registered and it was transferred to the Crime Branch, which arrested Shukla on April 24. “Several viscera samples have been sent to the FSL; police are awaiting the report,” a police officer added.
According to the chargesheet, Shukla suspected that her husband had a son with another woman and was afraid that the property might go to him. “She had allegedly smothered and strangled Rohit following an argument with him for drinking alcohol with another woman, whom she did not like,” a senior police officer said.
Rohit was killed on the intervening night of April 15 and 16 this year. Among the triggers that led to the killing were a turbulent and unhappy married life and Rohit’s plan to give his share of the property to his employee’s son, said the chargesheet.
“Shukla had political ambitions. But after she married Rohit, she realised that he did not have any political standing… His mother Ujjwala Tiwari and sister-in-law thought he should end his marriage; a decision was supposed to be taken on the couple’s divorce in June,” police said.