Sandhya Singh murder: ‘Son was in Ulwe on day she went missing’

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch, which is interrogating Sandhya Singh's son Raghuveer in connection with her murder, will be focusing on his movements on the day that she went missing. Raghuveer's call data records show that he had visited Ulwe village in Navi Mumbai on that day.

"Investigations so far have established that on December 13 last year, the day Sandhya went missing, Raghuveer left his home in the morning with his girlfriend Shreya to drop her at her residence in Navi Mumbai. In the evening, he left his house once more, and his cellular location shows that he was in Ulwe. We, however, do not know exactly where he went in Ulwe and why," said a Crime Branch officer.

Raghuveer, who surrendered to the Crime Branch on Monday, was produced in the Belapur court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody till December 27.

Officers said Raghuveer's lawyer Kokila Kalra also filed an application before the court, in which she tried to put several conditions to his custodial interrogation.

"The application demanded that Raghuveer's interrogation be videographed, that it be conducted in the presence of an Assistant Commissioner of Police level officer as well as his lawyer or relatives. Other conditions laid down in the application include a medical check up every 12 hours and that the interrogation should never be conducted for more than three hours at a time," said an officer.

The Crime Branch argued that there were no such provision in law, apart from the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in its judgement on the D K Basu case of 1997, which are followed by the police across the country. The court asked Raghuveer's lawyer to present precedents backing their demands, which she was unable to do. The court then rejected the application.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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