According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Deven Bharti, the couple had talked to him over telephone about tracing the location of the mobile phone of the missing person, when he was Additional CP (Crime).

"The accused couple talked to me over phone on this," Bharti, who was heading the Crime Branch and was the nodal officer for tracing missing persons then, told reporters.

CBI sources said that the fact emerged during interrogation of Peter. It is claimed that that the couple later told the police officer, assigned by Bharti to make inquiries, that the matter could be dropped as the missing person was traced, but it has raised questions as to why that officer did not try to ascertain the veracity of their claim.

Last week, the 59-year-old former media magnate was arrested by CBI and charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the murder case.

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