A local court on Monday remanded a police stenographer to 10-day police custody in the murder case of US-based NRI Pankaj Trivedi.
Metropolitan Court Judge TV Joshi remanded accused Ghanshyam Patuba Chudasama (31), who worked as a stenographer at the city police commissioner's office, to 10-day police custody after police sought a remand period of 15 days.
Chudasama is accused of "conspiring and masterminding" the murder along with members of the Swadhaya Parivar, a social-religious organisation. He was arrested on Sunday.
"While seeking Ghanshyam's remand we had argued that the accused had masterminded the killing of Trivedi who was clubbed to death on June 15 outside a private club here," public prosecutor NS Saini said.
"We told the court that stenographer was a staunch follower of the head of Swadhaya Parivar, Jayshree Talwalkar aka Didi, and had plotted the killing of Trivedi along with five members of the Parivar (who were arrested by the police last week)," Saini said.
"He had guided the killers (who hailed from different districts of the state) and had arranged their accommodation at a hotel in the city," he added.
The stenographer also used to be a special driver of the 'Didi' and used to drive her whenever she used to visit the city, the advocate said.
According to the police, Trivedi was killed for speaking out regarding the financial irregularities happening in the Parivar.