Vaibhav Tewari murder:IT officials quiz father of one accused
After the murder, cops had carried out a raid at the residence of both the accused. They recovered Rs 30 lakh cash from Santosh Shukla’s residence (father of Suraj Shukla).lucknow Updated: Dec 19, 2017 15:32 IST
Income tax officials detained the father of one of the accused in the sensational murder of Vaibhav Tewari on Monday to quiz him about Rs 30 lakh cash recovered from his residence during a police raid.
- Investigation so far revealed that Vaibhav and accused Shukla were involved in property business and had a monetary dispute.
- In a bid to exert pressure on Vaibhav, Shukla had taken the help of Singh, who is listed as a history-sheeter at the Hazratganj police station and is believed to have enjoyed good clout among cops.
- The duo approached Vaibhav for a conversation, but during an argument, Singh allegedly opened fire at him, killing him on the spot.
- Sources said Singh, who lives in Narhi, has 27 criminal cases registered against him, and has been a nuisance for most of the traders of Hazratganj area from whom he extorted money.
Vaibhav Tewari, 28, who was also a village pradhan, was shot dead by two SUV-borne miscreants -- Vikram Singh and Suraj Shukla -- on December 16. The victim’s father, now with the BJP, had served as SP MLA from the Domariyaganj constituency of Siddharthnagar district.
After the murder, cops had carried out a raid at the residence of both the accused. They recovered Rs 30 lakh cash from Santosh Shukla’s residence (father of Suraj Shukla).
On Monday, two officials from the income tax department met AK Shahi, station officer, Hazratganj police station, at his office to interrogate Suraj Shukla. But, as Suraj Shukla was absconding, the I-T officials expressed their desire to interrogate Santosh Shukla, who was already present at the police station. Cops had detained him to ascertain whereabouts of his son Suraj.
I-T officials took Santosh along with them to the Income Tax office for interrogation.
“Keeping such large amount of cash at home is not a crime if you have bonafide sources to prove that the cash is not ill-gotten,” said an official.
Meanwhile, cops were still clueless about the whereabouts of Vikram Singh and Suraj Shukla despite the fact that several police teams had been engaged to arrest the two accused. STF sleuths were also on the trail of the duo.
First Published: Dec 19, 2017 15:32 IST