Hyderabad: Investigators probing the gruesome killing of a businessman, M Sudhakar Reddy found that the latter came to know of his wife Swathi’s alleged illegal affair with her paramour C Rajesh just four days before his murder. The Kollapur police had cracked the murder conspiracy and the prime suspect, M Swathi, was arrested in Nagarkurnool on Sunday. The police said she along with her paramour, Rajesh, hatched a plan to eliminate Sudhakar as they wanted to live together.
“They took him to an isolated place 150 km away from Nagarkurnool and burned him after dousing the body with petrol,” said J Chennaiah, Additional Superintendent of Police, Nagarkurnool. After this, they burned Rajesh’s face partially as well, with the idea being for Rajesh to impersonate as Sudhakar. During the interrogation, Swathi had revealed that her husband came to know about their affair four days before the incident.
“On November 23, a relative from Sudhakar’s family saw the woman going along with Rajesh in her car. He immediately brought this to Sudhakar’s notice, who stared forcing her to reveal what was going.
“Sudhakar left the car at home and went on his two-wheeler on some personal work. Swathi and Rajesh were sighted by the relative when they had gone out in the same car. Since then, he was quarreling with her, and then she hatched a plan to kill him,” he said.
The woman told police that she met Rajesh nearly two years ago when she visited his physiotherapy clinic in the same locality. Meanwhile, before executing the murder plan, the duo had consulted a private hospital in Sangareddy and enquired about the process to conduct a plastic surgery and the money required for it.
“They were told that it requires three consultations to recover from the burns that are of less than 30 per cent and the cost for this would be around Rs 10 lakh,” said the officer. Swathi had also planned to move to Pune once Rajesh was recovered. They wanted to settle in Pune along with Swathi’s two children and the preparations were on already, he said.
Aadhaar card turns out to be an important clue:
The Aadhaar system helped the police in cracking the case. A senior investigation officer said that in order to verify the identity of the person who was undergoing treatment, the CLUES team was asked to check fingerprints.
“When we cross-checked the fingerprints of Sudhakar with that of the patient, the result was negative,” he said, adding that it was positive when they were cross-checked with Rajesh’s Aadhaar card details.