The Thane sessions court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail application (ABA) of Raghuveer Singh, 23 — son of Sandhya Singh — who, as per the police, emerged as a suspect in Singh’s murder case.
The police, however, did not arrest him.
Raghuveer had filed an ABA in the court fearing arrest by the crime branch last month.
The court had granted him interim relief asking him to visit the crime branch office thrice a week.
The Mumbai crime branch is investigating the murder of Singh, sister of yesteryears actress Vijeta Pandit and composer duo Jatin-Lalit.
Singh’s skeletal remains were found in January this year after she went missing in December.
A senior crime branch officer confirmed that the ABA had been rejected.
The court, after going through the case made by the crime branch opposing the application, observed that it could not be ignored there were strained relations between Singh and Raghuveer, an officer said.
A crime branch officer said that they were not too keen to arrest Raghuveer immediately.
“There are several discrepancies in his statement and we will give him one more chance to give satisfactory answers to our questions,” the officer said.
He added that arresting him was an option they would exercise depending upon how the interrogation proceeds and how much the 23-year-old co-operated with the police.
The officer added that with Raghuveer’s application rejected, the police could now question him on a daily basis instead of the limited three days a week
The officer added that filing the anticipatory bail application itself was a move that went against Raghuveer.
Besides, he had allegedly beaten up Singh in the past, following which she had filed a police complaint.
The police, however, let Raghuveer off with a warning after his father assured them that his son would mend his ways.
Another factor that led to suspicion about Raghuveer’s conduct was that he threw a party at his residence a day after his mother went missing.