The city police have filed a 1,658-page charge sheet for the murders of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani last December, but the evidence it contains against Hema’s husband Chintan is largely – if not exclusively – circumstantial. It includes a Facebook post in which Chintan shared the song ‘Alvida’.
While the police say they have more concrete evidence against other suspects, some of it based on their DNA samples, Chintan’s alleged role in the murders is based largely on the statement of Savitra, mother of absconding suspect Vidhyadhar Rajbhar.
The evidence against Chintan also includes the statement of Ola Cabs driver Ramesh Soni, who dropped Chintan from Lower Parel to Chembur on December 8. The police have also attached the statement of Jamsedh Shaikh, an Uber cab driver who picked up Chintan from Chembur the same evening.
Also included in the charge sheet are extracts from Chintan’s diary. In one of the entries, he wrote, “I have not done anything wrong to her since the day I separated but she is always ready to fight with me. She doesn’t leave the house. I feel she just wants to destroy everything between us. Anyway, somehow I have to discipline myself and start finding a way. I hope I can do it. I hope I remove all negativity and make a happy environment.”
Another entry read: “Today morning, a black cloud woke me up with a strange face… is it what we call devil? A case in court can make a person (an) animal, who is wild and just wants to kill. In most cases, [an] animal attacks keeping [it]self in position that it should not get hurt, but human is the only animal who can destroy [it]self to destroy [an]other. And the purpose is very clear.”
The charge sheet also includes the statement of an employee of Bangalore-based Lab Supply Private Limited, which sold 500ml of chloroform and an equal amount of acetone for Rs 625 to one Joseph Alexander, who develops chrome technology machinery and needs chloroform for his work. In his statement to the police, Alexander said, “On August 22, Vidhyadhar called me and said he has received a big order from a big artist called Chintan Upadhyay, for which he will require chloroform.”
Also in the charge sheet are details of phone conversations between Chintan and Vidhyadhar. The police have questioned 60 people in connection with the case.