Satish Kaushik death: Woman who alleged murder skips police summons

The woman has raised questions on the professional integrity of the police inspector investigating actor Satish Kaushik’s death case.

New Delhi | Updated: 13 March, 2023 5:26 pm IST
Businessman Vikas Malu's wife
Businessman Vikas Malu's wife

Businessman Vikas Malu’s estranged wife, who accused him of murdering actor Satish Kaushik in Delhi, on Monday skipped police summons while raising questions on the integrity of the officer investigating the death case.

The woman has alleged that Malu, the chairman of the Kuber Group, killed the actor-director by giving him an overdose of psychotropic drugs at a Holi party organised at the businessman’s farmhouse in Bijwasan area of Southwest Delhi.

She had earlier filed a rape case against her husband.

Explaining her decision to skip the summons, she said that inspector Vijay Singh is investigating both cases – of her alleged rape and Kaushik’s death.

In a statement, she accused the investigating officer of destroying vital evidence to protect the businessman in the rape case.

In a notice, Singh had asked Malu’s wife to appear before him at 11 am on Monday to get her statement recorded in the Satish Kaushik death case.

In her statement, she said that she was not “okay” with Singh handling the case. The officer is currently posted at Kapashera police station.

Kaushik passed away due to cardiac arrest on the intervening night of March 8 and March 8 after he partied at Malu’s farmhouse. The business, who was also present at the party, has called Kaushik a long-time friend.

Two days back, the woman – Malu’s second wife – told journalists that her husband had taken ₹15 crores from Kaushik for investment purposes but later refused to return the money, citing losses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She alleged that Malu had hatched a plan to get rid of the actor so as not to pay him back.

“My husband promised Kaushik that he would repay the money soon. When I asked my husband what was the matter, he said that he lost Kaushik’s money during the Covid pandemic. My husband also said that he was planning to get rid of Kaushik,” she said in a police complaint filed with the Delhi police commissioner.

She also requested the city police chief to conduct an inquiry into Kaushik’s death, adding that her husband planned to give the actor an overdose of ‘blue pills’.

“I fully suspect that it was my husband who along with his aides conspired and murdered Kaushik with drugs so that he doesn’t have to return the money.”

Meanwhile, Delhi Police said that it will send another notice to her to record her statement.

Kaushik’s family, however, has not alleged any foul play in his death.

The autopsy report has also suggested that actor Kaushik – best known for playing ‘Calendar’, a chef in the 1987 Bollywood hit Mr India – died due to a heart attack.

However, the police have preserved his viscera, the report of which is expected to come next week. The report will establish if he died of a drug overdose.

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