The family of Chandrabhan Sanap, the main accused in 23-year-old software techie Esther Anuhya's rape and murder case, which reportedly destroyed his bloodstained clothes and failed to inform the police about Sanap's possible involvement in the crime, is now under Mumbai crime branch (CB) scanner.
The police will now probe if the members of Sanap's family had destroyed some crucial evidence or kept them in the dark about his whereabouts.
Sadanand Date, the joint commissioner of police and chief of Mumbai crime branch, on Saturday, confirmed that the police would be investigating the family's role in the case.
The crime branch will call on family members to investigate their role and why they had not informed the police about it when they were aware that Sanap had committed some crime. "It is only after we have recorded their statements that we will ascertain whether they should be made co-accused in the crime or not," said a police officer.
Apparently, Sanap's mother, sister and wife had seen him in bloodstained clothes when he returned home on the morning of January 5 (the day Esther went missing). According to reports, Sanap reached his Kanjurmarg home in the morning and was very quiet. He was in a hurry to leave and removed his bloodstained clothes and handed them over to his mother, who, reportedly burnt them. "We will be probing into this," said an officer.
It is said Sanap's mother, Jeejabai, did not even question Sanap about his clothes. The family had reportedly told the police that even though they knew that Sanap had committed something wrong, he had given them a different version.
"They claim they had no idea of the severity of his crime," the officer said.
The family, including his mother, sister and wife, will soon be questioned by the crime branch.