Cop who led the tandoor murder probe has written a book on it. Here’s when it is out

In The Tandoor Murder, police officer Maxwell Pereira, who headed the investigation team in the Naina Sahni murder, tells the inside story of one of India’s most sensational cases.

books Updated: Feb 16, 2018 17:58 IST
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In The Tandoor Murder, Pereira provides insights into the way police and the legal and political systems work.

Maxwell Pereira, who headed the team that investigated the tandoor murder case of Delhi, has told the inside story of one of India’s most sensational cases in a new book.

In The Tandoor Murder, Pereira provides insights into the way police and the legal and political systems work.

In 1995, Congress party worker Naina Sahni was shot dead by her husband Sushil Sharma, who was then Congress youth president. After killing her, he chopped her body into pieces and attempted to burn the body parts by stuffing them inside a tandoor at a Delhi restaurant. Needless to say, the discovery of the gruesome crime shocked the country.

In 1995, Naina Sahni was shot dead by her husband Sushil Sharma, who was then Congress youth president. After killing her, he chopped her body into pieces and attempted to burn the parts by putting them inside a tandoor at a Delhi restaurant.

But what exactly happened on the night of the murder? How did Sushil Sharma manage to stave off conviction for close to a decade? What were the twists and turns in the case and how did the investigation manage to stay the course?

Pereira, who was in charge of the case, provides answers to these questions and an insider’s account of events as they unfolded, based on his notes and investigation reports as well as the many stories that appeared in the media.

The accused was awarded death penalty by a sessions court and the sentence was confirmed by the Delhi High Court but was commuted in 2013 to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court.

The book, which will release in March, has been published by Context, an imprint of Westland Publications

“The manuscript was held back by me till the culmination of the trial and all appeals in the interest of not jeopardising the process in any manner,” says Pereira. According to Westland CEO Gautam Padmanabhan, “This is an unusual book that captures the realty of policing and the complexities of the judicial system in India.”

Sharma had shot his wife Naina to death objecting to her alleged relationship with a male friend.

The tandoor murder case is one of the landmark cases in India in which DNA evidence and a second autopsy were used to establish the guilt of the accused.

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First Published: Feb 16, 2018 17:55 IST