Deepak Bhardwaj murder: Son Nitesh on 6-day police remand



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Nitesh Bhardwaj, the younger son of murdered local BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj, was sent to six-day police custody on Wednesday along with the lawyer Baljeet Singh Shehrawat (51) who was also arrested in connection with the murder of the BSP leader.

Nitesh was yesterday arrested for plotting his father’s murder. He had allegedly given a Rs 5 crore contract to a lawyer who in turn had entrusted the job to a self-styled godman.

While the son, Nitesh, wanted to allegedly avenge the insult heaped on him by his father by not allowing him to enter the farmhouse and not intending to give a proper share of property, the lawyer wanted wholesome funding for contesting election though he changed his mind later for Rs 5 crore.

While the godman Swami Pratimanand is on the run. Four others -- two alleged shooters Purushottam Rana and Sunil Mann -- have already been arrested.

Police have recovered the two country-made pistols used in the murder, Rs 30 lakh and three cars -- a Swift, a Skoda and a Santro.

Nitesh was peeved at his father, the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections with declared assets of over Rs 600 crore, who lived separately after problems arose in the family some years ago. Nitesh was not allowed access to the farmhouse where Bhardwaj was living, police said.

Sources said Nitesh was also unhappy with the way Bhardwaj was planning to share his property.

Bhardwaj was shot dead in the farmhouse, which is named after Nitesh, in South Delhi's Rajokri on March 26 allegedly by Rana and Mann. The duo escaped in a car owned by one Rakesh and driven by Amit, who were arrested.

"Nitesh told us that he was disturbed at the attitude of his father towards him and the family. He was not even allowed access to the farmhouse where Bhardwaj was later killed. Five- six months ago, he decided to get rid of his father," Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), told reporters.

He roped in Shehrawat, who is "more a property dealer than an advocate", she said.

Shehrawat, who did some land deals with both Bhardwaj and his son, wanted to contest elections from Mahipalpur Assembly seat and told Nitesh that he would do the job if he foot the whole election expenditure.

(With PTI inputs)