Lawyer was stripped before murder, cops scan call details

Subhash Gupta

Advocate Subhash Gupta, who specialised in income tax-related cases, had called his wife around 8 pm on Thursday that he would be home in an hour for dinner.

He didn't turn up and almost two hours later, his family found him murdered in his office — 10, Lalita Park in East Delhi — with his hands tied and mouth taped. His assailants had stripped him, police said. He was strangled and hit with a blunt object on his head. His cellphone and wallet were missing.

Police are working on some leads and have formed 10 teams to solve the case.

Sources said the employees in his office, a client who came to meet him on Friday and some acquaintances of the 57-year-old advocate were being questioned.

"We are questioning the security guards, tenants and relatives. We have a few suspects. His phone is under surveillance and his call records are being examined. It has been found that Gupta had a meeting with some people on the day he was killed. All these people will be questioned," a police officer said.

During questioning, the office peon claimed that Gupta asked him to put his briefcase in his car a few around 8 pm. "His office boy left around 8.30 pm. When he did not reach home by 10 pm his family tried to reach him on his cellphone, but there was no response," an officer said.

"Gupta's brother went to his office around 11 pm and found the main door locked from outside. He called Gupta's wife and the family suspected that something was amiss. The peon was told to return to office with a duplicate key. They opened the door and found Gupta murdered inside his office," the officer said.

Fingerprint experts have taken samples from the office. "Robbery may not be the motive. The killers didn't have to force open the door. It is also possible that Gupta has left the door open as he was preparing to leave for home," the officer said.

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