Investigations in the sensational murder of CNG Tempo Association president, Akash Veer Singh indicate that the money collected daily by the association from the tempos in the city was a sizeable amount and Singh had a strong hold on the association.
The police are also probing the role of a dismissed constable-turned property dealer in the case.
This former cop had joined the bandwagon of mafia don Ajit Singh even before his dismissal from service and had been trying to grab lucrative contracts of different tempo stands.
Charbagh is hub of the tempo business and the suspect has a strong base in the area due to his slain mentor Ajit Singh. However, Singh's proximity to some influential policemen and those in the corridors of power had always been an obstacle for him.
A cop investigating the case said that as without displacing Singh, this former cop would not have got contracts; he could be a prime suspect for orchestrating the attack.
Significantly, this tainted former cop had played a vital role in getting businessman Agastya Agrawal killed in 2006.
But, he managed to evade police action, despite being picked up for interrogation twice in the case.
Besides, the cops are probing Singh's close relation with a controversial cop, who had served with the special task force for a long period.
Talking to HT, CO Gomti Nagar, Vinay Chandra said that they were scrutinising information before reaching any conclusion about the murder motive.
He said that the post-mortem examination report stated that Singh had suffered four bullet injuries, suggesting that contract killers were used.