New Delhi: Mumbai police has detained a popular TV actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee and a politician (a former aide to a Maharashtra Minister, Prakash Mehta) in connection with the mysterious murder case of a diamantaire, Rajeshwar Udani. The politician, Sachin Pawar, was said to be closely acquainted with the victim.

Udani, 57, had been reported missing by his family from his office from November 28. The police had registered a missing case and launched a search for him. His mobile was tracked in Rabale, Navi Mumbai, before it lost signal.
On December 4, the police registered a kidnapping case as he remained untraced and the family suspected something amiss.

His driver told the police that Udani asked him to be dropped near the Pant Nagar market where another vehicle came and he got into it. His highly decomposed body, without any apparent injuries, was found late on December 5 and bereft of any identity paper. He was identified by his son from the clothes and shoes he was wearing.

Officials investigating the murder case suspect Udani’s kidnappers may have killed him at some other location before dumping the body in the Panvel forests.

Police investigations and call data records have revealed that Udani was a regular at some bars and in touch with several women, including from the glamour and entertainment industry, through Sachin Pawar.

Earlier, Bhattacharjee (28) was grilled for several hours by police in Ghatkopar three days after the missing Udani’s body was recovered in the forests of adjoining Raigad district. However, officials remain tight-lipped over her role in the case but hinted that some more women from the entertainment industry may be summoned for questioning.

The award-winning actress is seen in several TV serials. She has played the role of Gopi Bahu in the popular daily soap “Saath Nibhana Sathiya”.