Dinesh Kumar Mittal told the police that he started disliking his brother-in-law Arun Gupta soon after his father Madan Lal Mittal died 10 months ago. The reason and the motive of the crime: Mittal Garden, a famous party venue in South Delhi Gupta was trying to sell.
A year before his death in 2006, Madan Lal had acquired Rs 22 crore from the government after selling a plot of land at Tughlaqabad in South Delhi. After selling the prime property, he opened four joint bank accounts. He opened the accounts in the names of his wife Kanta, two sons Sneh and Dinesh and daughter Sadhana. Madal Lal withdrew Rs 3 crore from each account and gave the money to Sadhana with which she bought a share in Mittal Garden.
Sadhana’s husband Arun Gupta then started looking for appropriate buyers to sell that property. “DK Mittal got to know this from some fellow property dealers and was enraged. During interrogation, he told us that he was furious with Gupta and wanted to take revenge,” said a senior police officer.
DK Mittal told the police that his mother Kanta sympathised with Sadhana and was planning to transfer all the money in her name, a fact that angered him even further.
The police said that DK Mittal wanted to kill his sister Sadhana as well after he came to know that they were allegedly trying to fraudulently grab his ancestral properties and fixed deposits worth Rs 10.5 crore.
In February 2008, the Delhi High Court had stayed the release of the share of the two Mittal brothers while Sadhana Gupta and Kanta Mittal received Rs 1.73 crore each from the fixed deposit account. Gupta was a nominee to this account. This fact also irked him.