NEW DELHI: Canadian passport holder Nitesh Bharadwaj has been arrested for the murder of his father Deepak Bhardwaj, the richest candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, in Delhi two weeks ago.
Bharadwaj, 62, was gunned down on his farmhouse at Rajokri in the Vasant Vihar area of Delhi by two men on March 26. In the 2009 parliamentary elections, he had declared assets worth Rs 603 crore while filing his papers from the West Delhi constituency on behalf of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati.
Police have arrested his son Nitesh, 31, for plotting the murder as he feared his father would disinherit his mother Ramesh Kumari and give the property to other women close to him.
Ramesh Kumari was separated from the murdered leader who had taken her to court over property issues. The wife had also filed a case of domestic violence case against the murdered leader.
Police say Nitesh, who holds a Canadian passport, plotted his father’s murder many months ago.
“Nitesh disclosed that he was disturbed at the attitude of his father towards him and the family. He was not even allowed access to the farmhouse where Bhardwaj was later killed. Five-six months ago, he decided to get rid of his father,” according South Delhi DCP Chhaya Sharma.
Nitesh contracted his lawyer Baljeet Singh Sehrawat to carry out the contract killing. The lawyer further hired his spiritual guru Swami Pratibhanand to carry out the job. And the spiritual guru further hired his driver Purushottam Rana to arrange the logistics and hire the killers.
Giving details of the contract to kill Bharadwaj, police said Sehrawat was to get Rs 3 crore, the spiritual guru Rs 2 crore and the gunmen Rs 1 crore.
Sehrawat, two alleged shooters Purushottam Rana and Sunil Mann, Amit who drove the shooters to the farmhouse in a car, and Rakesh who owned the Skoda car used in the murder have been arrested, but the spiritual guru is on the run.