Double murder: Families of Hema, Bhambani demand transfer of top cop

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2016 01:07 IST
Chintan Upadhyay with wife Hema (HT)

The families of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani, on Thursday demanded the transfer of Mumbai police commissioner DD Padsalgikar after the murder investigation was handed over to the Ghatkopar unit of crime branch.

Both the families have written to the director general of police, Praveen Dixit, and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis but have got no response to their pleas.

“What compelled the commissioner to transfer the case? The Kandivli police were conducting proper investigations and both the families were satisfied,” said Vinod Gangwal, advocate of Hema’s family adding that, “What is the commissioner’s motive in doing so? We demand his transfer so he cannot influence the investigation.”

The families said they deserve an explanation for the transfer in probe.

Addressing a press conference with lawyers Gangwal and Kaushik Mhatre, Bhambani’s daughter Anita said, “We were not told about the transfer nor were we given an explanation. We deserve justice. Our lives are never going to be the same again.”

Mhatre said, “No one from the families have requested for a change in the investigating agency then why was the decision taken? We will file a writ-petition in the Bombay high court opposing the transfer on Monday.”

Gangwal further claimed that Chintan’s friends were aware about the transfer on the same day and hinted at “a dangerous nexus between some policemen and Chintan’s friends.” “On May 18, when the case was transferred, one of Chintan’s friends went to Kandivli police station and told officers, ‘Now, we are relaxed. The case is not in your hands anymore.’ At the same time, two of his friends were at Ghatkopar unit of the crime branch. How were they aware that the case would be transferred there?” Gangwal asked.

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