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Builder may be booked for abetment

A CASE of abetment to suicide (Section 306 of IPC) is likely to be slapped against builder Rajkumar Lalwani, in whose office Ruchin Dwivedi (26) and his wife Neha (23) consumed poison and later died in the hospital yesterday.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 13:40 IST

A CASE of abetment to suicide (Section 306 of IPC) is likely to be slapped against builder Rajkumar Lalwani, in whose office Ruchin Dwivedi (26) and his wife Neha (23) consumed poison and later died in the hospital yesterday.

Lalwani had accused the couple of stealing money from his office and had given them till April 21 to return it. Sources said Section 306 was likely to be slapped because in her dying declaration Neha had denied stealing any money from the office and said that they were being pressurised by Lalwani, who was flaunting his political connections, to accept that they had taken the money.

This mental trauma had led them to consume poison. Rajkumar Lalwani is the brother of influential local BJP leader and IMC Speaker, Shankar Lalwani.

It is also possible that a case under Section 201 of IPC dealing with removal of evidence may also be levelled against either the builder or some members of his staff, as it was now clear from the statements given by some of the staff that the couple had consumed celphose tablets inside the office, had probably vomited inside the office, which was later cleaned up and the office locked.

Clearly trying to hide evidence, Lalwani in a signed statement yesterday, had denied that the couple had consumed celphose tables inside the office. He had said the couple must have consumed poison outside the office premises as the office was closed at that time.

After yesterday’s incident, police had sealed Lalwani’s Akansha Buildcon (6B, Sneh Apartment, 110, Srinagar Main), where the couple worked. Today CSP Jitendra Singh and forensic expert Dr Sudhir Sharma scoured the office.

They interviewed Vinod, the office peon who took the couple to the hospital, and other members of the staff. They took a swab test in the office to find traces of vomit. They also found a bottle with six celphose tablets inside Neha’s purse in the office.

Police sources said that they had not yet received the dying declaration officially. There was also the matter of a signed statement by the couple dated March 31, in which they had apparently admitted their involvement in the theft.

In that statement they had in fact accepted that they had told two persons to steal the money from the office and were going to get Rs 20,000 as share of the money. Sources said that dying declaration is the most vital evidence and if there Neha denied stealing the money, everything else became invalid.

Sources said that instead of telling the police, Lalwani started his own investigation into the theft in his office. In the FIR lodged with the police, he has named no one, but surmised after his own investigations that the couple was guilty.

First Published: Apr 23, 2006 13:40 IST