The Dindoshi sessions court has rejected the bail application of Vijay Rajbhar, a tempo driver who is one of the accused in the murder case of artist Hema Upadhyay and lawyer Haresh Bhambani.
Advocate Kadar Sayani, representing the Borivli Advocates Bar Association and assisting the prosecution, argued that Vijay was involved in planning the murder. Sayani argued that the accused allegedly lured Hema and Bhambani into the warehouse, where the duo was killed on December 11 last year.
The prosecution on Wednesday argued that the police have recovered CCTV camera footage from a building near the warehouse.
“We have informed the court that we have the footage from two CCTV cameras where Vijay is seen carrying the bodies. The police have also recorded the statement of the building’s secretary, a key witness,” said Sayani.
Vijay filed a bail application on March 21 before the court, claiming innocence. In the application, his lawyer Prabha Mane argued that Vijay had no knowledge about the contents of the boxes. The police recovered the bodies of Hema and Bhambani, which were wrapped in the cardboard boxes, from a drain in Kandivli on December 12.
The police later seized the tempo and recovered an empty cardboard box from the vehicle.
Hema, the 34-year-old internationally-renowned artist, and her elderly lawyer Bhambani were allegedly smothered at the Charkop warehouse on December 11. Their bodies were wrapped in cardboard boxes and dumped in the sewer and were recovered a day later.
The prosecution also argued that Rajbhar drove Bhambani’s car out of Charkop after the murder and parked it elsewhere.
The police have arrested Hema’s estranged husband Chintan, Vijay, Shivkumar Rajbhar, Pradeep Rajbhar and a juvenile so far. Chintan, also an artist like Hema, is accused of criminal conspiracy in the murder. The prime accused in the murder Vidhyadhar Rajbhar is at large.
The Kandivli police have filed a 1,658-page charge sheet in the case, linking Vijay to the case.