Maid murder case: Delhi Police opposes bail plea of BSP MP

New Delhi, Nov 18: The Delhi Police on Monday opposed in a court here the bail plea of BSP MP Dhananjay Singh, arrested along with his wife Jagriti Singh in connection with murder of their maid, claiming he was aware of the cruelty being meted out to the servants and had also beaten one of them.

The police told the court that as per the forensic reports of digital video recorders (DVRs) of 20 CCTV cameras installed at the MP's residence where the incident took place, some of their contents have been "formatted" and Dhananjay had handed over these footages to investigators after a lapse of around 15 hours.

Additional Public Prosecutor Mukul Kumar told the court that although Dhananjay had filed a plea seeking divorce from Jagriti in August this year, he was in constant touch with her and one of the maids, Meena, had told the investigators that the MP had hit her once with slippers.

"As per FSL report, contents of DVRs have been formatted ... everything has been washed off," Kumar told Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha adding the MP had given DVRs to the police "after a lapse of around 15 hours."

The court, which concluded hearing the arguments on the bail plea, reserved its order for November 20. Dhananjay, a BSP MP from Jaunpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and Jagriti, a dental surgeon at the R M L Hospital here, were produced before the court after expiry of two days of police custody and the police moved an application for sending them to judicial custody. The court remanded both of them to judicial custody till November 20.

The court also made it clear that before passing an order on Dhananjay's bail plea, it would go through the recordings of the CCTV footage of the 20 cameras. During the hearing on the bail petition, senior advocate Hariharan, who appeared for Dhananjay, argued it was his client who had informed the police about the incident at 175, South Avenue here, and he was not in Delhi between November 1 to November 4 when the incident took place.

The police said that as per the call details of the MP, he was in constant touch with Jagriti and from October 31 to November 4, there were over 50 telephone calls exchanged between the two accused. "If he (MP) had filed a divorce plea, then why was he in constant touch with his wife? This is under investigation," it said.

The defence counsel, however, submitted Dhananjay's three-year-old son was residing with Jagriti and she is still his wife so there was no criminality in talking to her. After the court asked police about the nature of injuries inflicted on the servants, the prosecutor said they were serious in nature and it could have even led to death of a person.

Dhananjay and Jagriti were arrested on November 5 in connection with the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal. Dhananjay, who already faces charges of murder, extortion and other offences under the Gangsters Act, was arrested for allegedly destroying evidence, not informing police about the maid's death immediately and employing a juvenile as domestic help.

Jagriti has been arrested under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 344 (wrongful confinement) of Indian Penal code and Juvenile Justice Act. The police had said the CCTV cameras were installed in the MP's house to keep a tab on servants' movements and Jagriti controlled cameras through her mobile phone and TV set.


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