Rags to riches and a ‘killer’ son: Life of Deepak Bhard­waj

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Karn Pratap Singh karn.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It was around 9am on March 26, 2013.

Deepak Bhard­waj, a bil­lion­aire re­al­tor-turned-hospitality ty­coon was tak­ing a stroll in his farm­house-cum-re­sort— Nitesh Kunj — lo­cated on NH-8 in Ra­jokari when he was gunned down by two hired killers.

The prop­erty was named af­ter his younger son Nitesh. Po­lice later found out that it was Nitesh who had hatched the con­spir­acy to mur­der his fa­ther.

Be­hind the sen­sa­tional mur­der of Bhard­waj al­legedly lied an even more sen­sa­tional story — in­volv­ing a for­tune worth sev­eral mil­lions, a killer son, an al­leged lover ‘whom both the fa­ther and son shared,’ a lawyer with po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions, and an un­godly god­man.

Bhard­waj had con­tested the 2009 Lok Sabha elec­tions in Delhi as a Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) can­di­date. With to­tal as­sets worth ₹603.83 crore, as per his af­fi­davit fur­nished with his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers, Bhard­waj had then emerged as the rich­est can­di­date in the poll fray not only in Delhi but in the en­tire coun­try.

Delhi Po­lice solved the case within a fort­night. The cops ar­rested five men, in­clud­ing Bhard­waj’s younger son Nitesh, who un­rav­eled the en­tire con­spir­acy. But they had then failed to nab co-ac­cused, Prat­i­b­hanand, the self-styled god­man, who helped Nitesh ar­range the con­tract killers.

Prat­i­b­hanand was fi­nally nabbed by the Ghazi­abad po­lice on Satur­day, af­ter be­ing on the run for more than four years.

The god­man was in need of money to set up his own ashram in Harid­war af­ter be­ing thrown out of sev­eral ashrams where he has been stay­ing.

Delhi po­lice of­fi­cials who probed the mur­der case said Nitesh had got his fa­ther killed in what was pos­si­bly the most ex­pen­sive con­tract killing in the Cap­i­tal’s his­tory.

₹5crore had been of­fered for the hit, al­though only ₹50 lakh changed hands, of­fi­cials said.

Nitesh’s de­ci­sion to kill his fa­ther was trig­gered by his and his mother’s ap­pre­hen­sion that Bhard­waj was go­ing to di­vorce her and marry a woman half his age and give her a sub­stan­tial chunk of his prop­erty, the po­lice said. The woman, sur­pris­ingly, ‘had a re­la­tion­ship’ with both the fa­ther and the son, po­lice claimed. She lived in Greater Kailash and was an em­ployee in the fam­ily busi­ness.

But Bhard­waj was not born rich. His fa­ther was a car­pen­ter and the sole provider for his fam­ily. Bhard­waj’s first job was in Tis Hazari court as a registry clerk. He also started sell­ing and pur­chas­ing land on the side, which later paid him rich dividends.

He was born as Devi Singh in the Haryanvi Khati caste. At 62, Bhard­waj was still on his way to the top. He oc­cu­pied the grow­ing mid­dle ground be­tween the pros­per­ous small busi­ness­men and the full fledged politico-ty­coons. He con­tested the 2009 Lok Sabha elec­tions from West Delhi Par­lia­men­tary con­stituency and lost. re­port within seven days. This com­mit­tee will func­tion in­de­pen­dent of other com­mit­tee con­sti­tuted by other reg­u­lar­ity bod­ies to probe into the in­ci­dent,” said an of­fi­cial.

Flight traf­fic at Delhi air­port has been grow­ing at 20% rate each year. The num­ber of such in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing planes stray­ing into each other’s paths on the run­way or mid-air, has seen a sig­nif­i­cant rise too.

On Au­gust 9, an Ethiopian Air­line’s plane, car­ry­ing 196 pas­sen­gers, hit a parked Air In­dia air­craft at 2.25am at the air­port. The Ethiopian Air­lines’ plane was parked at bay No. 87 and was be­ing pushed back by a trac­tor when the in­ci­dent took place.

The en­gines of both air­craft were shut when the wing of the Ethiopian plane crashed into the wing of Air In­dia air­craft. Due to the col­li­sion , the Ethopian flight, ET- 687, was can­celled.

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En­gine num­ber 1 on the out­board side of the Air In­dia air­craft hit a ground cool­ing unit truck af­ter land­ing at IGI.

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Deepak Bhard­waj con­tested the 2009 Delhi polls.

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