The 62-year-old real estate tycoon was shot dead by two unidentified men in his farmhouse. Bhardwaj’s wife was questioned because police wanted to know if she had a grudge against her husband since she was living separately in Dwarka with younger son Nitesh for several months, said a police officer close to the probe.
The officer said South Delhi special staff and local police also questioned Nitesh (32), since he had filed a police case against his father some months ago and in turn, Bhardwaj had lodgeda complaint against his son. Police want to know the reason behind the cross-complaints.
They are still working on the rivalry theory over property or family disputes, the officer said. Investigators are also trying to find out Bhardwaj’s recent property and business deals and any disputes in these.
Police said the three assailants were hired shooters and are on the lookout for them based on CCTV camera footage from the farmhouse gate. They are going through footage too. They have also sought Bhardwaj’s phone call details.
Bhardwaj, the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls with declared assets of over Rs 600 crore, was shot thrice from point blank range. The killers and an accomplice fled in a Skoda with a fake registration number.
They had entered the farmhouse on the pretext of meeting Bhardwaj to book a hotel in the farmhouse complex.
Delhi cops recover car from Haryana
Delhi Police have reportedly claimed to have located the car that was used by two persons to escape after killing politician Deepak Bhardwaj at his farmhouse in Nitesh Kunj area. The Skoda car was picked up from Jind, Haryana late on Tuesday night. Police have also identified the three shooters, saying they belong to Khera village.