Phone call records reveal details of plan for Bhardwaj murder: Police

An analysis of the call detail records of the alleged conspirators in the Deepak Bhardwaj murder case point to a flawlessly executed plan, where the assailants tried to wipe off every trace of their movements. The conspirators communicated only through SMSes and would switch off their phones before heading out to meet either at a parking lot or outside a school in Vasant Kunj, next to the lawyer's residence, to avoid their locations from being tracked, police sources said.

Each person in the chain of conspirators looked out for himself. This, sources said, was the reason why lawyer Baljeet Singh Sehrawat recorded his conversations with Bhardwaj's younger son Nitesh. Police said Sehrawat intended to use the recordings to blackmail Nitesh later.

Sources said that Nitesh, Sehrawat and Swami Pratibhanand who the police are on the lookout for exchanged only 45 calls till five days before the incident, beginning January 2012. Later, they changed their phones and SIM cards to prevent police from tracking the IMEI number.

Sources said Nitesh, who had four phones, was using a number which he kept exclusively for contacting about nine persons, including Sehrawat and his acquaintances who have been questioned by the police. This number, police said, was not known to anyone, including his wife.

Sehrawat had three cellphones and Swami Pratibhanand had 10.

According to sources, Nitesh never communicated with Pratibhanand directly. Nitesh contacted Sehrawat and Sehrawat was in touch with Swami Pratibhanand. Nitesh and Sehrawat spoke only through SMSes and when they met they would plan the spot and time for the next meeting too.

Sources said in January, Nitesh, who promised Sehrawat Rs 5 crore for the murder, told him he would give him an advance of Rs 50 lakh. The two decided to meet in a parking lot in Dwarka Sector-10 and Nitesh kept the money in Sehrawat's car. Sehrawat, on that day, sources said, was accompanied by Swami Pratibhanand.

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