The accused-turned-approver in ‘Matka’ king Suresh Bhagat’s murder case has revealed the plot to eliminate Suresh in his approver statement, which was submitted in sessions court on Friday.
Kiran Pujari’s statement, which remained sealed after being recorded by the chief metropolitan magistrate, was opened in the court and given to the public prosecutor and defence advocates, following which Pujari was pardoned.
On June 13, 2008, Suresh and six others were killed on Alibaug-Pen road, when a truck collided with the Scorpio in which they were travelling. Initially, a case of rash and negligent driving was registered. However, investigations revealed that the accident was orchestrated by Suresh’s wife Jaya and son Hitesh to take over the multi-crore gambling business.
HT has a copy of the statement, in which Pujari said that on the day of the accident, one of the accused, Suhas Roge met him and told him that Suresh had been eliminated.
“Roge met me at Rani baug in Byculla where he forced me to get into his car. We drove till Mantralaya. He then told me that Suresh had been eliminated. Roge also said they had staged it like an accident,” said Pujari.
Pujari added that a few months before the accident, Pujari, Jaya, Roge and Hitesh had met in Jaya’s Ghatkopar home where Roge suggested eliminating Suresh.
“Jaya said Suresh was going to destroy the Matka business. Roge immediately suggested that a more permanent arrangement should be made,” said Pujari in his statement.
On the same day, the plot to eliminate Suresh was hatched. “Hitesh and Suresh used to travel to Alibaug because they were accused in a case there. The plan was to make sure that Hitesh is sent out of the city and Suresh is taken care of,” said Pujari in his statement.