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Deceased officer key to fixing probe

india Updated: May 18, 2013 00:55 IST
Jatin Anand

Just a week after inspector Badrish Dutt was found dead under mysterious circumstances next to his live-in partner at a flat in Gurgaon, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has tipped-off the special cell about the possibility of the latter being ‘an underworld plant’.

According to sources, no trace of his lover Geeta Sharma's history could be unearthed in Mumbai. “So far, investigation has revealed no trace of her in Mumbai. Her sudden appearance in Delhi seems to have been the underworld’s ploy to plant a mole inside the intelligence establishment,” said an official.

IB sources claimed that inspector Dutt was so important to the technical surveillance-based operation which revealed spot-fixing in India that the scam had to be wrapped-up early than had been planned because of his death.

“For now, we are investigating whether their deaths were triggered by a realisation that Sharma had deliberately destroyed his family life for her professional gain or that she was an underworld mole — or both,” said the official.

On May 15, HT had reported on how the latter had developed an intimate relationship with him after deceiving him into believing that his wife was cheating on him. “Dutt had been introduced to Geeta in the year 2007,” said an officer.

This, ironically, after Sharma had been approached by the suspicious, and desperate 45-year-old technical whiz to assess the state of his seemingly failing marriage to the mother of his two daughters on the sly.

“He ended up being introduced to Sharma who assured him that she would get to the bottom of it. But to her, Dutt wasn't just like any other client. She realised she could put him to use for her own professional gain by playing on his insecurity,” the officer said.

Dutt and his live-in partner, Geeta Sharma, were found dead at the latter’s rented flat in Gurgaon's sector 52 last Saturday.