The plot hatched by a woman, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a city court for killing her husband, is fit to be a Bollywood thriller.
The Pilibhit prince, Aditya Kumar, who was killed by his wife Niti Agarwal in 2007, had written a legal will 45 days before her death to keep his wife out of his property rights. But Niti, 40, hatched a conspiracy to eliminate him with the help of the family cook Nandlal with whom she had an extra-marital relationship.
In order to mislead the murder probe, the woman filed a divorce petition in Pilibhit court ten days before committing the crime. In the mutual divorce petition she deliberately mentioned that she was not interested in the property of the royal family.
A Gurgaon court on Tuesday awarded life sentence to Niti, Nandlal and their two accomplices for the murder.
The startling disclosure was made by the lawyer, Vishal Gupta, who was contesting the case for Kumar's family. Gupta also revealed that Niti had made a botched attempt to kill her husband earlier by giving him overdose of sleeping pills.
Niti and Aditya had got married in 1991 and have one son and one daughter. They lived in Pilibhit in a palatial house with about 500 rooms. Their relationship turned sour after Kumar came to know about his wife's affair with Nandlal, who was the cook of Raja Ram Nath's family.
"She (Niti) started living in a rented apartment in Silver Oaks Condominium in DLF City (Phase 1) in Gurgaon where Nandlal was a regular visitor. Shifting to Gurgaon and hiring an apartment here was part of the plan to kill Aditya," Gupta said.
Though she expressed disinterest in Kumar's property while filing for divorce, she thought of becoming the legal heir of the royal family after Kumar's death which she planned before completion of the divorce
"She thought that police would not suspect her role as she had already shown her disinterest in the property," the lawyer said.
Meanwhile, Niti has alleged that Kumar's family members have framed her with their influences. She also denied of
extra-marital relationship with Nandlal and said that she had had no role in the murder.