Four months after an alleged incident of theft at the residence of former human resource development minister Arjun Singh, his personal secretary (PS) has lodged a complaint with the New Delhi district police. The complaint states that jewellery worth lakhs of rupees was stolen from his Akbar Road residence.
According to the complaint, filed by one Saroj Singh, the incident took place between March 16 and 20, when a number of visitors had arrived at the residence, following the leader’s death.
Police is questioning four domestic helps in the case and suspecting the role of a former servant, who was always with Singh. “He was residing at 6, Akbar Road. His family has not vacated the premises yet. A case has been registered in the matter,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
Police said that at the time of the theft, the Singh family was away for the senior politician’s last rites at his Madhya Pradesh (MP) hometown.
In the complaint, the family has alleged that the jewellery was kept in a box in the visitors’ room but not many were aware of this. The complaint mentions that when the family was leaving for MP, the jewellery was intact but on their return, it was not found.
“After Singh’s death, the domestic help in question left for his native place in Bihar. He has not returned since. We are waiting for him to return. Otherwise, we will send a team to question him,” the officer added. A case of theft has been registered at the Tughlaq Road police station.
According to Delhi Police records, around 35% of all burglaries are reported from Lutyen’s Delhi.