The family of Sandhya Singh, sister of music composer duo Jatin-Lalit, is yet to receive her mortal remains from the police, more than two years after her body was found in a marsh near Palm Beach road in January 2013.
While her husband has filed a petition in the sessions court requesting her mortal remains to be handed over to them so they can conduct her last rites, the matter is yet to be decided.
Mumbai crime branch arrested her son Raghuveer, 26, in connection with the murder in December that year. After spending 17 months behind bars, he was released by the court on May 15, on the grounds that the police had not been able to get any clinching evidence of his involvement in the murder. However, he was ordered not to leave Mumbai without informing the police.
Sandhya’s husband Jaiprakash, a commissioner in the Central Excise Department, filed three petitions in Thane sessions court after Raghuveer’s release – first asking for her mortal remains, second to seek permission for Raghuveer to go out of Mumbai and the third asking for an English translation of the charge sheet the police submitted to the court. All three petitions are pending and the next hearing is on September 11.
“Since the police submitted the charge sheet, it means they are through with the investigations. We don’t know why we have not been handed over her bones to conduct her last rites till now,” Jaiprakash said.
After spending 17 months behind bars, Raghuveer was released by the court, on the grounds that the police had not been able to get any clinching evidence of his involvement in the murder.
“I have decided to settle down in my hometown, Patna, after my retirement. Raghuveer wants to study law in Delhi. Therefore, it is important for him to secure the permission to leave Mumbai,” he said. Jaiprakash has maintained his son is innocent and was falsely implicated to protect the real culprits.
“Since Raghuveer does not understand Marathi, we have asked for an English translation of the charge sheet. Suspicion is good enough reason to investigate a case. However, once the investigation is concluded, a case based entirely on suspicion cannot sustain,” he said.