Kedar Barde, 26, was the last one to see his wife Bidushi Dash-Barde, 23, alive and the first one to find her dead. That was the main reason the software engineer was the prime suspect in Bidushi’s alleged murder.
But now, the police may have to start from the beginning. The DN Nagar police on Friday said they had verified Kedar’s claim that he was at work when Bidushi was allegedly killed.
Police have also found that the couple had a major argument on Sunday, a day before the 23-year-old was found dead, because Bidushi had spent Rs 5,000 on buying a full-size mirror from the money Kedar had saved for her.
According to the police, Kedar had left his residence at Manish Nagar housing society in Andheri (West) at 7.50am on Monday and had checked in at his workplace at Nariman Point around 9am.
“His colleagues also corroborated that he was present in office throughout the day. He and a co-worker went out for lunch for an hour,” said an officer from DN Nagar police station.
To substantiate his claim, the police even checked Kedar’s cellphone records and found that he was present in Churchgate area post-9am on Monday.
The officer said that Kedar’s office record showed him leaving work at 7pm.
However, Kedar hasn’t been given the clean chit yet. “He was the last person to see Bidushi alive and the one who discovered her body. It is obvious that he will be a suspect unless proven otherwise,” the officer said.
According to the police, Bidushi and Kedar were facing financial trouble and they constantly fight over money.
On Sunday, Kedar found out that Bidushi had spent Rs 5,000 from the Rs 15,000 he had kept in her name in one of their bank accounts.
She had paid the amount as advance for a mirror that she had ordered to practise her acting skills, police claimed.
“On the same day, a domestic help asked Bidushi to return the Rs200 she had borrowed from him two months ago. Kedar got angry, as he wasn’t aware that she had taken money. He was upset as he felt that she should have returned the money and not waited for the help to ask for it,” the officer said.