Mumbai police suspect he killed his mother in a fit of rage

Nearly a year after the remains of Sandhya Singh — sister of Bollywood music composer Lalit Pandit and yesteryear actresses Sulakshana and Vijeta Pandit — were found in Nerul, near here, her son Raghuveer Singh surrendered before the Mumbai police on Monday.

The crime branch police arrested him on charges of murdering his mother and destroying evidence.

“Raghuveer will be produced in the Belapur court on Tuesday and we will make a request for his custody. In the past when we recorded his statements, he made several contradictions,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy told journalists.

Sandhya went missing last year on December 13. Three days later, her family registered a Missing Person’s Complaint with the police in Navi Mumbai.

On January 28, a part of her skeleton was found near Palm Beach Road.

Recently, the Supreme Court rejected the anticipatory bail application of Raghuveer, forcing him to surrender before the police.

Although the police do not have any direct evidence to show that Raghuveer is the killer, they claim they have enough circumstantial evidence to prove their case.

“Raghuveer has been inconsistent in his statements. He had claimed that he was in Karjat the day Sandhya went missing but his telephone records revealed that he was in Nerul, the area close to where Sandhya’s remains were found,” a senior official told The Hindu.

“Raghuveer used to have frequent fights with his mother. Both had registered non-cognisable complaints against each other in the past. We suspect that he didn’t plan the murder but might have killed her when she refused to give him money. Raghuveer though took enough precautions to destroy the body,” said the source.

Raghuveer also misled the investigators. He told policemen that he last saw his mother going to a nearby bank to put her jewellery in a locker. But during interrogation, two domestic helps told the police that on the day Sandhya went missing, Raghuveer told them that she had gone to her brother’s place.