A local BSP leader who was the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha election was shot dead inside his south Delhi farmhouse by two men after a brief altercation on Tuesday morning.
Deepak Bhardwaj,who in 2009 reported assets worth over Rs 600 crore,was into real estate,education and hotels,police said. They said he was shot in the chest and temple at point blank range by assailants who visited him posing as customers looking to rent his premises at the 22nd milestone on NH-8 for a wedding.
Police were investigating both a family feud and a business rivalry as motives for the murder. Bhardwajs younger son Nitesh,who was once married to a cousin of superstar Shah Rukh Khans wife Gauri Khan,lived separately with his mother Ramesh in Lajwanti Garden,Dwarka. The couples elder son Hitesh lives with his family in Vasant Vihar.
Police have sent teams to Haridwar based on information that Bhardwaj had an argument with someone three days ago over the phone for over an hour about an upcoming residential project in that town.
Sources close to the investigation said he was also in a bitter dispute over some properties in Kalkaji and Vasant Vihar. They said cases had been registered and forwarded to the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police.
In 2009,Bhardwaj lost the West Delhi seat to Mahabal Mishra of the Congress. Bhardwajs nephew Harneet Singh said the family belongs to Sonepat,and had moved to Delhi almost 25 years ago.