Mumbai double murder: Chintan Upadhyay sent to judicial custody till January 11

The court will hear the prosecution's plea for conducting a narco test on Chintan Upadhyay and his allegation of 'third degree torture' on Friday

The Borivli Metropolitan Magistrate Court yesterday sent artist Chintan Upadhyay, accused of killing his estranged wife Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani, to judicial custody till January 11.

Artist Chintan Upadhyay being brought to the Borivli Metropolitan Magistrate Court yesterday Pic/Datta Kumbhar
Artist Chintan Upadhyay being brought to the Borivli Metropolitan Magistrate Court yesterday Pic/Datta Kumbhar

Narco or no?
Also, the court will hear the Kandivali police's request for Chintan's Narco, brain mapping and lie detector tests on Friday. While the police have pinned all their hopes on the narco test, sources told mid-day that Chintan has informed his lawyer that he is unwilling to undergo the tests (Read more).

Torture application?
Another application regarding Chintan allegedly getting “third degree torture” in jail will also be heard by the court on Friday (Read more).

At yesterday’s hearing too the defence had raised the issue of the artist suffering from backache and how he was being made to sleep on the floor but the court rejected their demand of homemade food and more medical tests.

Also read: Without Vidyadhar, cops have nothing on Chintan Upadhyay

Artist Hema Upadhyay and her advocate Harish Bhambhani were found dead in a drain in Dhanukar wadi at Kandivali west on December 11 last year. The Kandivli police have found several sketches, a diary and a pen drive from Chintan’s residence but maintain that the cause of death of the two is not known and they await forensic and chemical analysis reports.

  • Swami05-Jan-2016

    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? How long will they keep extending the custody without any proof?

  • Swami05-Jan-2016

    Now the cops have turned into art critics? Maybe they will charge Chintan for hurting the public sentiment with his drawings in his diary? What is the point of extending judicial custody if Vidyadhar is not caught? Vidyadhar has fled with the jewellery and cellphones worth lakhs and he can evade the cops with the money for quite some time.

  • Swami05-Jan-2016

    Was it Chintan’s plan to murder 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?

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