Chet Ram Saini wanted to rob the house where he was the caretaker, but knew the needle to suspicion would point to him first.
Then a minor 1995 Bollywood movie, Ravan Raj, showed him the way. The plotline: a character fakes his own murder to make quick money.
Saini (35) had been employed at the Defence Colony flat of Arvind V Savant, retired chief justice of the Kerala High Court. On June 22, the flat was found to have been ransacked. A charred body was also discovered.
“The same day a woman told us that her husband, employed as a caretaker at the house, was missing for two days,” said HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south). “She even identified the corpse as that of her husband.”
The police suspected foul play. “Why would a robber burn the body if he wanted to steal valuables,” said the officer. “After the DNA test it was found that the body wasn’t that of Saini. The police then launched a manhunt and kept surveillance on Saini’s wife.
“We wanted to arrest Saini to know the sequence of events,” said Dhaliwal. “We arrested him from Kolkata on Tuesday. He had living as a hermit.”
Saini told police he had befriended a rickshaw puller and invited him to the flat to drink alcohol. After getting the rickshaw puller drunk, Saini slit his throat. “He burnt his body and robbed Rs 2 lakh and some jewellery before fleeing to Kolkata,” said Dhaliwal.