24 Apr 2019: Wife of ND Tiwari's son Rohit arrested for his murder
In the recent development into the death of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister ND Tiwari's son Rohit Shekhar, Delhi police arrested his wife Apoorva Shukla Tiwari on Wednesday.
Rohit died on April 16 after he was allegedly suffocated using a pillow. He was taken to Saket's Max Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Subsequently, police launched a probe.
Here's what went down.
Context: Backstory: Rohit came to Delhi from Haldwani, was reportedly murdered
Rohit came in news in 2007 when he filed a paternity suit against Tiwari Sr. In 2014, Delhi High Court agreed that he was indeed the celebrated politician's son. Thereafter, Tiwari accepted Rohit as his son.
Last week, Rohit came to Delhi from Haldwani and stayed at his residence in Defence Colony.
Autopsy report confirmed Rohit's death wasn't natural and Crime Branch took over.
Probe: Rohit didn't fight back, was apparently drugged
As part of the investigation, experts from Forensic Science Lab in Rohini recreated the murder scene at the spot.
They concluded Rohit didn't fight when he was allegedly being smothered. This led probing officers to believe that he might have been drugged.
Apparently, the tips of his fingers and limbs had turned blue probably due to lack of oxygen.
Questioning: Apoorva was questioned for three days
Reports suggested that there were seven CCTV cameras installed on the premises, but two of them weren't working on the day of the murder.
The needle of suspicion pointed towards Apoorva. Along with two domestic servants, Apoorva was picked for interrogation on Saturday. She was grilled on Sunday and Monday too.
Apoorva and Rohit didn't share a cordial relationship.
Property: According to Rohit's mother Ujjwala, Apoorva wanted money
Rohit's mother Ujjwala claimed Apoorva and her kin were interested in Rohit's money. Apoorva wanted the house near Supreme Court because she practises law there.
But Rohit's brother Siddharth wanted to give it to family relative Rajiv's son Karthik. Rajiv also served as OSD to ND Tiwari.
Ujjwala dismissed speculations that Rohit had an extra-marital affair and remained convinced that Apoorva is the culprit.