Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, who fought a seven-year-long battle in court to prove that he was former Uttar Pradesh chief minister ND Tiwari’s son, was murdered by none other than his wife Apoorva Shukla Tiwari, as claimed by the police. The police have arrested Apoorva with the help of scientific evidence and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report. Police suspected that the extra-marital affair was the main reason behind Rohit’s murder.
Additional CP (crime) Rajiv Ranjan has confirmed the arrest of Apoorva. He said that Apoorva, a lawyer practicing in the Supreme Court, has confessed to the crime. Rajiv Ranjan said, “She has confessed. As of now, it seems the killing was not planned. They had a turbulent marriage and Rohit Shekhar and his family members were thinking of separation. All her hopes with the marriage were belied,”
According to the police, Apoorva was questioned for three days in this connection. Police said the needle of suspicion pointed at Apoorva as she kept changing her statements and the CCTV near Rohit’s room was also not working. Rohit was suffocated with a pillow early on April 16.
It is remarkable that Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, 40, was earlier said to have died of a cardiac arrest. He had gone to Uttarakhand to vote on April 11 and had returned to Delhi at the night of April 15. He could be seen on one of the CCTVs in his Defence Colony home in a drunken state.
Rohit had fought a six-year-long battle in court to prove that he was the son of ND Tiwari. ND Tiwari had refused to give his blood sample for a DNA test in 2012 but relented later. In 2014, the Delhi High Court declared that ND Tiwari was Rohit Shekhar’s biological father. The same year, ND Tiwari, aged 88, married Rohit Shekhar Tiwari’s mother. ND Tiwari passed away last year on his 93rd birthday.
A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code was registered on Thursday after the post mortem examination report revealed that Rohit died an unnatural death due to “strangulation and smothering.” After the revelations of the post-mortem report, the case was transferred to the Delhi Police Crime Branch for the investigation. Rohit’s wife Apoorva, and two domestic help, Bhola, Pappu were interrogated by the Crime Branch as they were in the house when Rohit died.
A team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) had also reached the Defence Colony residence of Rohit and recreated the crime scene and collected evidence in an attempt to unravel the mystery behind the death of Rohit.
Veteran Congress leader ND Tiwari died on October 18, 2018. Just six months on, his son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari was murdered and his daughter-in-law is arrested on the charge of murder. The police have claimed to solve the murder mystery successfully. Unhappy marriage emerged as the reason behind the murder. Rohit’s mother Ujjwala also said that Rohit and his wife Apoorva did not share a cordial relationship ever since they had got married. She alleged that Apoorva and her family want to grab the property of her sons. On the other hand, Apoorva’s father said that she could not kill Rohit. Everything was normal between his daughter and Rohit. Rohit and Apoorva tied the knot in a high profile wedding in the national capital last year. ND Tiwari, a former Congress leader, and his son had both joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2017 ahead of the Uttarakhand Assembly elections.
Apart from Apoorva Tiwari, servants Martha, Golu, and driver Akhilesh were the main suspects in the case. Earlier, Rohit Tiwari’s mother Ujjwala Sharma had denied any foul play and said that his death was natural. Later, she retracted and reportedly told the police that her daughter-in-law and her family wanted to seize his property, reported PTI.
In a shocking twist in the killing of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, his mother Ujjwala Sharma on Sunday levelled serious allegations against wife Apoorva.
Rohit’s mother said that his son met Apoorva on a matrimonial site and was even alerted about her nature by their relative Rajiv Shekhar and his wife Kumkum. Apoorva didn’t share a cordial relationship with Rohit and Siddhartha as they wanted to give a chunk of his property to Rajiv’s son Karthik.
Apoorva Shukla also accepted the fact that Rohit was having an extra-marital affair and she saw them together. Apoorva also discloses the reason for their fight and the reason behind their differences.
Rohit reportedly had an extra-marital relationship with a close relative Kumkum. On April 15, Rohit and Kumkum drank together and after that Rohit came home. An argument between Apoorva and Rohit broke out over him on that eventual night.
She said that she will reveal more about the circumstances surrounding Rohit’s death when the right time will come.
However, the autopsy report of Rohit Shekhar revealed that he died an ‘unnatural death’ due to “asphyxia” as he was strangulated and smothered possibly by using a pillow.
“The medical board unanimously concluded that the cause of death, in this case, is asphyxia as a result of strangulation and smothering. It is a sudden unnatural death, placed in the category of homicide,” the head of the AIIMS’ forensic department, Dr. Sudhir Gupta, said.
According to the report, the post-mortem report states Rohit’s time of death at 1:30 am on April 16. However, he was taken to the hospital around 5 in the evening. This means that he was lying dead inside the house for almost 15 hours.
The family returned from Dehradun on April 15 after casting their vote. Rohit and Apoorva were in one car, while Ujjwala travelled in another car. The family went to their rooms around 11.30 pm. However, Rohit’s phone call details showed that he had made calls to his journalist friend and his sister-in-law Kumkum between 2 am to 4:14 am on the morning of April 16. But none received his call.