Even though artist Chintan Upadhyay, an accused in the murder of his wife Hema and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani, alleged he was subjected to “third-degree torture”, the reports of his medical examination at the state-run JJ Hospital on Wednesday showed his condition was “normal”.
Upadhyay, 43, has been kept in the custody of the Kandivli police since his arrest on December 22. Based on the orders issued by a local court, two policemen in plain clothes took Upadhyay for medical examination to JJ hospital around 1.35pm. After the tests, he was escorted back to the Kandivli police station around 6pm. “We conducted forensics, surgery, medicine and psychiatric tests on Upadhyay. The medical reports are normal,” said Dr T Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital.
Meanwhile, according to sources, key accused Vidhyadhar Rajbhar, has been moving and his location was traced last week, but the police haven’t revealed it.
A local court had on Tuesday ordered, “Civil surgeon, Mumbai is requested to examine thoroughly Chintan Vidhyasagar Upadhyay in light of allegations of third degree torture, hyper-acidity and spinal pain and submit confidential report as soon as possible.”
The reports will be submitted to the court. “Upadhyay won’t be kept at the hospital as his doctors haven’t specified so,” said a police officer.
A source said Upadhyay has been eating properly at the police station. He is also given a set of fresh clothes by his friends, who visit the police station regularly.
My son and I have been treated well by police: Chintan’s father
Chintan’s father Vidyasagar said he does not believe his son was subjected to any ill-treatment, but added this assessment was based on what he saw while his statement was being recorded before the police on Tuesday. “But, I am not aware how he has been treated during questioning because nothing is shared with the family,” he said.
Speaking to HT outside Kandivli police station on Wednesday, he said Chintan has had a back problem for some time now. “From Day 1, the police’s behaviour has been good with Chintan. I have not heard anything about the police treating Chintan badly.” His statement was also recorded by the crime branch, which is conducting a parallel probe. But Vidyasagar said even they had been good to him and both father and son cooperated with them.
Vidyasagar said Chintan has been suffering from a major back issue for many years. “He requires rest when his back pains. After Hema’s murder, he has suffered physical and mental stress and because he is not getting proper rest, the pain may have increased.”
Speaking about Chintan and Hema, he adds, “I live in Jaipur along with my wife. Chintan lives in Delhi and he visits Jaipur to meet us, but not often. Last time, he came and stayed for two days. During Diwali this year, he came and stayed two weeks and left on November 23.”
About Hema, Vidyasagar said she had come to Jaipur once only for two hours, when his (Vidyasagar’s) mother passed away. “She did not come often, but we understood because they were busy with their work,” he said.
In his statement to the police, Vidyasagar said he was asked about his background like his school and college education and also about Vidhyadhar and Chintan. Vidyasagar said Vidhyadhar had come to Jaipur for a few days around three years ago when he was working with his son.
“Vidhyadhar and two others visited us in Jaipur in the first week of December this year and met me for a few minutes, but because Chintan was not there, he left [Chintan was in Mumbai]. He even asked me if I had any work for him,” Vidyasagar said.