The alleged lover of Shweta Maini, who was murdered along with her five-year-old son, allegedly by her own paraplegic husband Nitin Maini after the couple celebrated their sixth marriage anniversary on Thursday, has been detained for questioning, police said.
According to police, the man being questioned is a resident of east Delhi's Dilshad Garden and happens to be the couple's family friend.
"The person operates a small tour and travel business and had taught Maini's younger brother how to start his career in the same line. He is in his mid-30s, is married and has two children of his own. He used to visit their residence often," said an investigating officer.
Late on Thursday, Nitin Maini, paralysed from the waist down, called the police control room around 2am and stated that he had murdered his wife Shweta (25) and son Garv (5) at his house in northwest Delhi's Rohini area.
While Shweta was found asphyxiated, Garv had been smothered to death with a pillow. Nitin had gotten paralyzed after a road accident three years ago.
Two days after the incident, police claimed that this 'lover' used to pick up and drop Shweta, who works with an NGO in east Delhi's Laxmi Nagar, at Nitin's behest.
That was how the two became friends and later allegedly fell in love.
He had recently met Shweta's mother at a religious family function and even talked to her about marrying his daughter.
"For three months, he had been visiting Shweta's residence. They were in love and wanted to marry each other. On January 4, she had met him at a religious function and he decided to talk Sweta's mother regarding their marriage," the officer said.
His questioning, police said, has revealed that he was yet to marry Shweta - something that her husband Nitin, according to his statement to the police, had taken as a ceremony already solemnised without his consent.
"Maini had claimed that he took the extreme step of killing his wife and son only because he thought that she was already married to her lover. But the former has denied this," said the officer.