Loharia Murder Case: Shinde initiates inquiry against Navi Mumbai top cop

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday ordered an inquiry against the Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner A K Sharma for his alleged links to the prime accused in builder Sunil Kumar Loharia's murder after the victim's family claimed they didn't have confidence in the top brass of the Navi Mumbai police.

While speaking to MiD DAY, Loharia’s son, Sandeep Kumar alias Sunny, confirmed that the minister had passed an order to inquire into the role of Sharma in his father’s murder case. 

Sunny had in February told MiD DAY that he had lost faith in the top brass of Navi Mumbai police – Police Commissioner AK Sharma, DCP Purushottam Karad and Senior Inspector RS Sardesai of Vashi police station— and that their investigations could not be trusted.

“Since some Navi Mumbai police officials are under the scanner in the case, the police could be biased in their investigations. Therefore, the case should be handed over to the CBI,” Sunny had said.

Sunil Kumar Loharia
Sunil Kumar Loharia

Sunny alleged that Sharma was acting at the behest of Bijlani, as they have close relations with each other. “In due course, I will prove Sharma and Bijlani’s relations,” said Sunny.

MiD DAY had also earlier reported that the prime accused Suresh Bijlani currently absconding had made many phone calls to Sharma and was also went with him for their daily walks.

One of the main reasons for the probe into the 52-year-old's murder being taken away from the Vashi police and being handed over to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch was Sharma's alleged closeness with builders Anurag Garg and Bijlani, both wanted accused in the case

When contacted, A K Sharma simply replied, “Please verify your information.”

Loharia, who was murdered on February 16, had managed to give an oral dying declaration, in which he named his killers as Bhavesh Gupta, Bijlani and Garg, all Navi Mumbai-based builders.

In a related development, the High Court has now ordered that all of Garg’s property be attached.

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