Mum­bai di­a­mond mer­chant mur­der: Politi­cian ar­rested, TV ac­tress de­tained

The Sunday Guardian - - The Big Story - COR­RE­SPON­DENT NEW DELHI

In a shock­ing devel­op­ment, a politi­cian has been ar­rested and a prom­i­nent model-cum-tele­vi­sion ac­tress in­ter­ro­gated and de­tained by Mum­bai Po­lice fol­low­ing the mys­te­ri­ous mur­der of a dia­man­taire, Ra­jesh­war Udani, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

The politi­cian, Sachin Pawar, was said to be closely ac­quainted with the vic­tim. He was ear­lier with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Ear­lier, ac­tress De­bolina Bhat­tacharya was grilled for sev­eral hours by po­lice in Ghatkopar three days af­ter the miss­ing Udani’s body was re­cov­ered in the forests of ad­join­ing Raigad district. How­ever, of­fi­cials re­main tight-lipped over her role in the case but hinted that some more women from the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try may be sum­moned for ques­tion­ing. Udani, 57, had been re­ported miss­ing by his fam­ily from his of­fice from Novem­ber 28. The po­lice had reg­is­tered a miss­ing case and launched a search for him. His mo­bile was tracked in Ra­bale, Navi Mum­bai, be­fore it lost sig­nal. Af­ter nearly a week, on De­cem­ber 4, since he re­mained un­traced and the fam­ily sus­pected some­thing amiss, the po­lice reg­is­tered a kid­nap­ping case. His driver told the po­lice that Udani asked him to be dropped near the Pant Na­gar mar­ket where an­other ve­hi­cle came and he got into it.

His highly de­com­posed body, with­out any ap­par­ent in­juries, was found late on De­cem­ber 5 and bereft of any iden­tity pa­per. He was iden­ti­fied by his son from the clothes and shoes he was wear­ing. In­ves­ti­ga­tors sus­pect Udani’s kid­nap­pers may have killed him at some other lo­ca­tion be­fore dump­ing the body in the Pan­vel forests. Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions and call data records have re­vealed that Udani was a reg­u­lar at some bars and in touch with sev­eral women, in­clud­ing from the glam­our and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, through Sachin Pawar, a for­mer aide to a Ma­ha­rash­tra Min­is­ter, Prakash Mehta.

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