The preliminary probe into the triple murder case of 51-year-old suspended government employee-turned-property dealer Sanjay Sonaria, his wife Jyoti and son Pawan revealed that there was a similar near-fatal attack on Sonaria in 2011-12, said police.
Police sources said Sonaria was allegedly shot at by his rivals at his home in Old Rajender Nagar. The bullet, however, had hit Sonaria in his leg and he survived the attack.
Sonaria later filed a case of attempt to murder against the alleged perpetrators at the Rajender Nagar police station.
The probe into the case, however, revealed that it was a premeditated conspiracy hatched by Sonaria to implicate his rivals in a false case, police said.
Some sympathisers, including Sonaria’s relatives, on the other hand contested the theory accusing them of diluting the case in favour of Sonaria’s enemies. They accused the police of not taking seriously Sonaria’s requests to provide him and his family police security as they were constantly receiving life threats from his rivals with whom he had personal as well as property disputes.
Rampal Azad, a close friend of Sonaria, claimed that they had moved applications to the offices of Delhi chief minister, SC/ST Commission, police commissioner and DCP (central), seeking security for the family members.
“Despite repeated requests followed by several reminders, no action was taken on our complaint. Had the police taken the requests seriously and provided protection, the Sonarias would not have been murdered like this,” said Azad.
Parmaditya, DCP (central), said, “We are verifying the allegations and efforts are on to search the applications, if any such complaints were ever made at the local police station or at my office.”
A background check of Sanjay Sonaria, an investigating officer said, has revealed that he was detained by the CBI in 2011 in a corruption/cheating case filed against him.
Sonaria was suspended from his government job following the case and since then he was more into the real estate business. Sonaria started his real estate office in the locality in the name and style of Jai Mata properties, said police. “Our probe revealed that Sonaria was a habitual cheat who would dupe investors of their money by showing any property and claiming to be its owner. There are ten such cases registered against him by different people. Sonaria too had filed four cases, including the murder attempt case, against his rivals,” said the officer. While sources said Sonaria was also arrested in one of the cases and he remained in jail for almost four months, the officer said they were not sure about it.
About Sonaria’s dispute with his younger brother, Sagar, the officer said that Sonaria’s parents owned another property in Delhi. After their death, Sonaria allegedly usurped the property and refused to share it with his brother. It later became a bone of contention between the two brothers and they entered into a legal battle that was still continuing, said the officer.