August 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India
Delhi police questions Madhu, daughters
The team was led by Assistant Commissioner, Police, Mr Gurbaksh Singh. It was accompanied by three police personnel of Panchkula, including a woman ASI, Ms Pushpa Devi. The team reached the Sharma’s residence at 12.05 p.m. and questioned the women for about 45 minutes in the verandah of the house. The policemen did not go inside the house. The waiting newsmen and TV cameramen were told to go outside the premises.
The Sharmas offered tea to the policemen but they politely refused. The Delhi police team said it might come again for questioning the women. When the departing ACP was asked by newsmen if the Sharmas had cooperated during the questioning, he refused to reply, saying that he had come for questioning and not for making any comments.
Later, Mrs Sharma told newsmen that the police did not question her about the involvement of the Union Communication Minister, Mr Pramod Mahajan, or the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, or any other politician as alleged by her earlier. She said the police asked her and Komal about the whereabouts of Mr Sharma, his close friends and when she had met him last. The police also asked her about the immovable assets of the family and the suspected hideouts of Mr Sharma.
She said she expressed her ignorance about the possible hideouts of Mr Sharma. She also refused to divulge the defence of Mr Sharma in the case at this stage. Alleging harassment by the police, Mrs Sharma said a close watch was being kept at the movements of her family members as well as friends. Now the police was tapping her phones.
Mrs Sharma also charged the Delhi police of misquoting her. She said she was questioned three years ago also, but did not faithfully recorded her answers. The police even released to the press the photographs taken from her on the pretext of keeping them in itsrecord. The police had also taken away certain diaries and documents after it ransacked the house, which had not been returned so far.
Madhu claimed that a senior officer of the Delhi police last night threatened her through a common friend that she should ask her husband to surrender. In case he surrendered, he would not be tortured. The message was conveyed to her on the phone.
She told the common friend that the police officer’s assurance about not torturing Mr Sharma if he surrendered to the police was an implied confession that the police used third degree methods on arrested persons. She said she came to know the number of the caller because she had recently installed an ID caller on her telephone. The call, she said, came around 10 p.m.
“We will break their legs if they even dared touch Ravi what to talk of torturing him. I know the law well,” an agitated Mrs Sharma said.
NEW DELHI: The elder daughter of R.K. Sharma was on Thursday questioned by the Delhi police here regarding his whereabouts and allegations levelled by her against Union Minister Pramod Mahajan.
A three-member crime branch team, including two women personnel, quizzed Pragati for more than an hour at the residence of her friend Amrish Mishra in the Chattarpur area of South Delhi, sources said. PTI
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