Bengaluru: As more lurid details emerge in the hoax phone call drama that delayed seven international flights, a report on Wednesday said accused Gokul Macher plotted to get his ex-girlfriend's husband Saju Jose's confession that he had visited sex workers.
The marketing manager, who was hell bent on marrying his friend's wife and whom he loved during college days, created an e-mail address and pretended to be a clergyman to get Jose's confession.
As per The Times of India, the two men, along with their families, resided in an apartment complex in HSR Layout in southeast Bengaluru.
Gokul, who also allegedly confessed he had murdered his wife here in July and made it appear like an accidental death, had shifted from New Delhi to Bengaluru in pursuit of his goal of marrying his friend's wife after locating them through social media.
He then planned to create rift between Jose and his wife.
Gokul impersonated a Thrissur bishop and sent e-mails to Jose, asking him to confess his sins.
It was after a few e-mails that Jose confessed to having visited sex workers in the absence of his wife.
According to the daily, Gokul then persuaded the techie that he would seek pardon from god for Jose's sins.
Gokul wrote, "Son, remove your clothes, kneel down before a camera, recite your prayers and confide your sin. Record the same and send it to me. The nude video should help me get the Lord to cleanse your body and sins."
Jose followed the priest's counsel and sent the video.
At the same time, Gokul had been e-mailing Jose's wife, pretending to be the bishop. "If Saju breaches your trust, how may he do it?" he wrote.
She replied: "It is impossible to imagine, but yes, he may complain saying I am not devoted to religion and god."
The fake bishop's reply: "See, you are an intelligent woman! The same opinion has made Jose look for extra marital affair! And this is truth! God feels he is not fit for you as husband. You separate from him. I strongly feel that there is another heart waiting for you."
Later, he sent her the video of her husband's confession.
Albeit these e-mails created an atmosphere of mistrust, yet the couple did not separate.
After his earlier efforts to drive a wedge between his friend and his wife fell flat, Gokul settled for the hoax call route.
Police are probing how Gokul could gain access to identity papers of his friend to obtain a SIM card and use it to send threat messages to Kempegowda International Airport and Delhi international airport in a bid to land him in trouble.
They were also inquiring into whether an insider in the friend's house could have helped Gokul get access to the ID papers.
Gokul and his friend's wife were classmate till 2007. He wanted to marry her but it did not materialise, police said.
Gokul shifted to New Delhi and fell in love and married Anuradha in 2009, but soon their relationship developed breaches as Gokul suspected she had an extra-marital affair.
He relocated himself along with his wife here on the pretext of ending the alleged extra-marital affair and lived in the same flat where his friend resided after tracing them through social media, police said.
Gokul had sent WhatsApp messages on September 05 after procuring a SIM based on the identity of his friend so that police would initiate a probe that would defame him and help him to get closer to his wife.
During questioning, Gokul also confessed that he had murdered his wife in July, police said. He had bought liquor which his wife had consumed and after a verbal argument regarding shifting back to Delhi, he pushed and assaulted her with a blunt weapon causing her death, according to police.
KIA terminal manager on duty had received messages on WhatssApp from a local mobile number, threatening to blast three flights with specific details besides the airport cargo section.
Before hatching these plots to defame his friend, police found that Gokul had murdered his wife.
Throwing more light on Gokul's plot to eliminate his wife, police said he informed his father-in-law about her alleged extra-marital affair. To prove his point, he created a fake e-mail ID in the name of one Baba, knowing well his wife was spiritually inclined.
Subsequently, Gokul created yet another e-mail address, posing as spiritual counsellor Aasha and sent a set of intsructions, asking his wife to consume liquor, which she complied with.
Gokul then took advantage of her inebriated condition, murdered her and made it appear an accidental death.