Yogesh Sharma, younger brother of Janeshwar Sharma (45) — the employee of industrialist Anil Nanda who was allegedly set afire at the latter’s bungalow in New Friends Colony on June 9 and succumbed to his injuries on June 16 — on Saturday claimed he received “threat calls” from one of Nanda's close aides.
Yogesh Sharma also said that the police had asked him to write down the statement of his brother on a piece of paper and hand it over to them, even though the deceased himself had written a statement on his deathbed that Nanda and two others — Dheeraj Balani and Jeetendra Pandey — had set him on fire.
Police on Saturday again questioned Nanda and employees present in the bungalow at the time of incident.
The brother claimed that he received three threat calls in the past 24 hours threatening him to “concentrate on legal aspects” and not on “Nanda's personal life.”
Janeshwar had alleged Nanda’s home was a hotbed of illicit activities, including sexual exploitation of children.
“On Friday, I received a call at 6.45 pm and the caller asked me to keep murky details out of the case and focus only on the investigation part. He referred to personal choices and sexual orientation of Nanda,” said Yogesh Sharma.
Yogesh added that he identified the phone number as that belonging to Dheeraj Balani, one of the three men Janeshwar Sharma had said set him afire.
“Balani gave me the number on June 10, when he had come to meet my brother at the hospital. The calls were coming from his number.
“After my brother was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital and we handed over his letter to cops, the police refused to take down his statement and instead asked me to write one,” said Yogesh.
“We have deputed an officer to verify his claims,” said Virender Singh Chahal, ACP (southeast).
During investigations, police have also come across a six-year-old case where an employee of Nanda had attempted suicide near Mohan Cooperative Place in Sarita Vihar in 2004.
Police said they were trying to locate that employee. and investigate if his attempted suicide had anything to do with Nanda.