The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court, Haryana, here on Friday convicted property dealer Vijay Bharadwaj for murdering “encounter specialist” of Delhi Police ACP Rajbir Singh in Gurgaon in 2008.
The incident had taken place on the night of March 24, 2008, at Bharadwaj’s office,Vijay Associates, where Rajbir Singh had gone to meet him. Both had been friends.“There was a dispute of payment of `60 lakh between the duo, which led to the murder,” explained Rajan Dahiya, the CBI counsel.
Though the detailed judgment is yet to come out, Dahiya informed that Bharadwaj had made an extra judicial confession about the murder. The murder weapon was also recovered from him. “There was a witness, who was PSO of Rajbir Singh, who had seen Bharadwaj leaving the office.
Bharadwaj’s shirt had traces of gunpowder and his shoes were smeared with blood,” he said.
Bharadwaj was convicted for murder and also under the Arms Act. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on October 28.
Soon after the murder, Bharadwaj had confessed to the murder on a news channel where he said that he had killed the ACP over his repeated demands of money. He said that he had decided to commit suicide but his family found the suicide note. He had surrendered before Haryana Police.
Rajbir was killed with the service revolver of Haryana police officer ASP Ashol Sheoran. It allegedly went missing during an encounter. Bharadwaj had said that it was gifted to him by Rajbir himself.
ACP Rajbir Singh was posted with the special operations squad of the Delhi Police Crime Branch. He was provided with Z-plus security cover. He had been involved in about 50 encounters, which included gangsters and militants. He had been credited with solving the Parliament and Red Fort attack cases of 2001 and 2000, respectively.
On the day of murder, he entered Bharadwaj’s office and told his escort to wait outside. Both sat down for drinks and after an altercation, Bharadwaj shot him at point blank range. He had died on the spot.