Mumbai: ‘HDFC executive was killed for money‘

MUMBAI: The N M Joshi Marg police, probing the murder of HDFC senior executive Siddharth Sanghavi, have filed a chargesheet against the only accused, Sarfaraz Shaikh (25), before the Bhoiwada court. The chargesheet reveals that Shaikh found to be physically weak and tried to rob him, but when the latter shouted for help, Shaikh stabbed him several times. As per the chargesheet, the need for money to pay the EMIs for a new bike was the motive for the crime: the accused had bought a bike with a loan and wanted around Rs 35,000 to repay it.

Shaikh, who worked as a fabricator at Kamala Mills Compound, stabbed Sanghavi 13 times when the latter came to a parking lot there on November 5. Asked if the police had received all reports from the laboratory, senior inspector Pandit Thorat said, “I can’t tell you.”

The 234-page chargesheet names 22 people as witnesses. The knife used to attack Sanghavi, a resident, was allegedly bought by Shaikh on the night of the crime. When Sanghavi did not return home till midnight, his family approached the police and lodged a missing complaint. He was seen on CCTV going to the parking lot, but there was no footage where he could be seen coming out. Shaikh was arrested two days later by Navi Mumbai police.

As evidence the police have attached finger print reports: Shaikh’s prints were on the steering wheel and other places in Sanghavi’s car. Blood on his trouser matched Sanghvi’s. Shaikh had removed a SIM from Sanghavi’s mobile and used it; the call record has been taken from the service provider and attached in the chargesheet. The document says that after stabbing Sanghavi, Shaikh waited at the parking lot for nearly three hours to avoid being caught. He drove Sanghavi’s car out of Kamala Mills, keeping the body in the leg space of the backseat, to Kalyan. He dumped the body in the Haji Malang shrine area. He also stole Sanghavi’s wallet.

A source said Shaikh told the police he wanted to keep Sanghavi’s car so that he could use it later as a cab; he admitted he was repenting after killing Sanghavi and hence called up Sanghavi’s brother-in-law and father. After the crime, he didn’t return to work.
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