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Lawyer dispatched wife’s body in Madhya Pradesh aide’s car, say cops

Plot thickens: Say accused using his law skills to mislead the investigators

punjab Updated: Jan 30, 2018 12:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
Accused Manmohan Kumar (left) before being presented at the district courts in Panchkula on Sunday.
Accused Manmohan Kumar (left) before being presented at the district courts in Panchkula on Sunday. (Sant Arora /HT)

A day after the arrest of a Panchkula-based lawyer Manmohan Kumar for masterminding the murder of his wife, the police claimed he had confessed to have disposed of the body with the help of his friends from Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier on Sunday, a local court sent Manmohan to six-day police remand after the police pleaded that his custody was required to recover victim Rajni Bala’s body, and arrest his co-accused Imshad Ali, a resident of Neemach, Madhya Pradesh, who helped Manmohan dispose of the body.

While the investigators are clueless whether the body was cremated or buried, they said Imshad and his friend came to Panchkula in a vehicle bearing an MP number after being summoned by Manmohan, a day after the murder on January 16.

Besides Manmohan, the police earlier this week had arrested his paramour Monika and her brother-in-law, who they said had confessed to have killed Rajni, 36, at Manmohan’s behest.

Police said Rajni had discovered her husband’s infidelity that led to discord in their marriage. “Hence, Manmohan plotted to murder her around seven months ago,” investigating officer Sushil Kumar said, adding that cops were working hard to trace the body.

“During interrogation, Monika and Sandeep revealed that they planned to dump Rajni outside Panchkula after strangling her to death. But on spotting cops on the way, they got nervous and left the body in the garbage dump in Sector 23. They notified Manmohan, who then summoned Imshad,” said a police official, not wishing to be named.

Accused breaks down in court

Even as the district bar association boycotted Manmohan on moral grounds, he claimed innocence. Breaking down in the court, Manmohan claimed police were torturing him to get a confession. In their response, Sector 20 SHO Vikas Kumar and investigating officer Sushil Kumar said his paramour Monika and her brother-in-law Sandeep had already confessed to their crime , and Manmohan’s call records and phone locations also pointed to his involvement in the crime.

“He has also confessed to the crime, but did not sign the confession statement using his law skills,” Sushil told the court. As Manmohan repeatedly pleaded that he was being brutally beaten up in custody, the judge warned the police against touching him, and directed he be medically examined.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 16:02 IST

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