New Delhi: The murder of businessman-turned-politician Deepak Bhardwaj was not just the fallout of a bitter feud over property but much more than that. (JPN/Agencies)
A son who felt insulted, frustrated and betrayed by his father made for a revenge plot that resulted in the killing of the BSP leader.
Among the reasons that prompted Bhardwaj’s younger son Nitesh to hatch the conspiracy to kill his father include the insult heaped on his family by the BSP leader and frustration over his politician father’s relationship with a young woman.
In his confession made to the police after his arrest, Nitesh said that his father ‘deserved to be killed’.
Two weeks after the killing, Delhi Police on Tuesday had arrested Nitesh, who allegedly gave a Rs five crore contract to a lawyer who in turn had entrusted the job to a self-styled godman.
However, Nitesh, who was the key conspirator in the killing of Bhardwaj said he had ‘no regrets’ about what he did as his father had left him no other option.
Going by the reports, Nitesh told police that ‘his father deserved to die’ since he stayed in the 30-acre farmhouse while asking his family to live in the Shiksha Bharti School.
According to police, 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.
Bhardwaj would often humiliate his wife and sons, Hitesh and Nitesh, at times in the presence of his women friends. Nitesh was frustrated with his father’s activities and the way he insulted the family publicly, and in the presence of his women friends.
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.
"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.
Sources said Nitesh was also unhappy with the way Bhardwaj was planning to share his property. Nitesh also alleged that his father was in a relationship with a 33-year-old woman and that he feared Bharadwaj would give all his wealth to her.
Police claimed Nitesh told them he was worried that Bhardwaj would divorce Ramesh Kumari and marry the 30-year-old woman and will give her his entire property.
The only property in the name of Nitesh, Hitesh and Bhardwaj's wife Ramesh Kumari was the Shiksha Bharati School in Dwarka Sector 22 where Ramesh Kumari lived in a house on the school premises. Hitesh and Nitesh lived in separate flats in Dwarka.
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 roped in his lawyer Baljeet Singh Shehrawat (51), who is "more a property dealer than an advocate".
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.
However in January this year Shehrawat changed his mind and asked Rs five crore for executing the murder.
"It was Shehrawat who was in touch with Pratibhanand. He knew him earlier and it was he who did most of the talking with the godman. He had even stayed at the house of Pratibhanand," police said.
Pratibhanand, who was in need of money to set up an ashram of his own after being thrown out from many such places, then allegedly approached his driver Rana, who got in touch with Mann and others to execute the murder.
Nitesh paid Rs 50 lakh as advance to the lawyer who in turn paid Rs 3-4 lakh to Pratibhanand. The godman gave Rs two lakh to Rana for initial expenses, the accused told investigators, police said.
"The shooters were to get Rs one crore, the godman was to keep Rs two crore and the lawyer the remaining Rs two crore," police said.
New Delhi: The murder of businessman-turned-politician Deepak Bhardwaj was not just the fallout of a bitter feud over property but much more than that.