A 35-year-old man was killed and his body burnt at the flat of a retired chief justice in Defence Colony of south Delhi on Monday, police said.
The victim, Chetram, was the caretaker of the flat. The judge was not home when the incident took place, the police said.
“The victim used to visit the flat every evening. He had been employed as the caretaker only a year ago,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Chetram was last seen on Sunday evening, the police said. He used to go home every night after reporting for work in the evening, they added.
Chetram’s wife complained to the police when he did not return home on Sunday night.
“The flat was locked from outside. When we opened it we found the decomposed body of the victim from the flat. The body was also burnt,” said the officer. The incident was reported on Monday around 11.30 am from A Block in Defence Colony, the police said.
A case of murder has been lodged at Defence Colony and the police have started a probe. Though a foul smell was emanating from the flat, none of the neighbours complained to the police.
“It is quite strange that none of the neighbours complained to the police. We are investigating the case from all angles. It needs to be investigated how he was killed. As the body was charred, no visible injury marks could be seen,” said the officer.
A postmortem was conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday and the body was handed over to the family
Despite repeated attempts, the judge could not be reached for comments.