May 12, 2011 12:53:37 am
The day the Supreme Court lifted the gag order on the Amar Singh tapes,the man who stands accused of recording the conversations locked himself in his home and refused all visitors.
Bhupinder Singh Bajad (32) who ran Metro detective agency from South Extension in south Delhi was arrested along with three others in January 2006 on charges of allegedly tapping Amar Singhs landline number.
It has been five years,and Bajads family says that he was framed in the case.
Belonging to a rich agricultural family of Hiranki village on the outskirts of northwest Delhi,Bajad started his detective agency possibly because he wanted to be different from others in his village.
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Despite repeated requests,Bajad did not come out of his room for an interview this afternoon.
I do not know why he chose to open a detective agency. He landed in trouble only two and a half months after he opened it, said Narendra Singh,Bajads eldest brother,who owns an automobile service station.
Bajad was earlier involved in the familys farming business,and he is back to it now,Narendra said. As rich and influential people were involved (in the case),there was always a threat to his life, Narendra said.
Bajad has three children,a 14-year-old boy and 11-year-old twins a boy and a girl. After graduating from Swami Shraddhanand College in nearby Alipur,Bajad rented an office for his detective agency for Rs 10,000. One winter morning in 2006,his life took a sudden turn when Special Cell officers arrived at the familys Hiranki village home to arrest him.
Bajad was accused of forging two letters from the then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ranjit Narayan on October 22 to the then Principal Secretary (Home) R Narayan Swamy seeking permission to tap Amar Singhs phone,and Swamys reply,purportedly granting permission.
Bajad then allegedly forwarded both letters to Reliance Infocomm,seeking access to telephone number 011-39565414. Believing this to be an official request,the telecom company,through a programme in their system,gave a parallel line from 011-39565414 to Bajads mobile phone number 9811358986,the Special Cell had alleged at the time.
We were shunned by the villagers and everyone looked at us with suspicion. We never had any financial problems,I do not know how he got into all of this, Narendra said of Bajad today. The police had to nail someone and my brother was a soft target, he added.
He spent four months in jail and those were the most painful days of his life. He was even tortured by the police. They could not catch the real culprit. My brother is innocent, said Bhishm Singh,Bajads youngest brother.
The trial is ongoing at the Tis Hazari courts.
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