Hema Upadhyay murder case: Chintan's police custody extended till Jan 4

A Mumbai court on Friday extended the police custody of Chintan Upadhayay, accused of killing his wife, installation artist Hema and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani, till January 4.

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Kandivali Police produced Chintan before the Borivali Metropolitan Court this morning and sought further police custody as his remand ended today. Police also moved an application seeking narco analysis test of Chintan. Magistrate Prasad Kulkarni extended Chintan's remand by three days.

Chintan, also a painter, is accused of conspiring to kill his estranged wife Hema with whom he was locked in a legal battle. He was arrested on December 22 after being questioned by the Crime Branch.

The double murder came to light after the bodies of Hema and Bhambhani were found stuffed in two boxes in a drain in suburban Kandivali. The other four accused in the case -- Pradip Rajbhar, Vijay Rajbhar, Shivkumar Rajbhar and Azaad Rajbhar -- are currently in judicial custody till January 11, while the main accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar is still at large.

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  • Swami03-Jan-2016

    How long will they keep extending the custody without any proof?Would anybody believe that Chintan planned to bump off two high profile people, one of whom he was in a serious litigation with, and hiring a bunch of illiterates, with phonecall records to declare the meeting point, money trail, dumping the bodies half a km away, right in the middle of the city in cartons with warehouse address on it? Is this a joke?

  • Swami03-Jan-2016

    What is the point of extending judicial custody if Vidyadhar is not caught? Vidyadhar has fled with the jewellery and cellphones worth lakhs. He can survive evading cops with the money from jewellery and phones worth lakhs, for quite some time. The cops claimed it was just a matter of a few days before Vidyadhar would be caught and so they wanted to hold onto Chintan. But now it is completely uncertain. What was the clinching evidence for Chintan's arrest which the crime branch could not get?

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