The Delhi Police, on Wednesday, arrested a nurse and her husband for allegedly stealing cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.4 crore from actor Sonam Kapoor and her husband Anand Ahuja’s Delhi residence in February.
However, the stolen jewellery and cash are yet to be recovered.
The nurse, Aparna Ruth Wilson, worked as a caregiver for the actor’s mother-in-law at their residence located in Amrita Shergill Marg, the police told PTI. They further added that Wilson’s husband Naresh Kumar Sagar is an accountant at a private firm in Shakarpur. Wilson and her husband are both 31 years old.
The couple was apprehended following a raid on Tuesday night by the Delhi Police Crime Branch and a team from the Special Staff Branch of the New Delhi district in the residential area of Sarita Vihar, as per a senior police official.
Along with Kapoor and Ahuja, the latter’s mother Priya Ahuja, father Harish Ahuja and grandmother Sarla Ahuja all reside in the house at Amrita Shergill Marg.
As per earlier reports, Sarla Ahuja had claimed that she had discovered the theft when checking her cupboards on February 11. She reportedly informed the police that the last time she had checked the jewellery and cash in that cupboard, was two years ago. Following this, the actor’s mother-in-law Priya Ahuja rushed to the Tughlaq Road police station in New Delhi to lodge a complaint about the theft.
However, as per the police, the complainant in the case is the manager at the actor and Ahuja’s house, which employs over 20 people. Also, while previous reports quoted the value of the stolen property as Rs 1.41 crore, the police have now said the theft amounted to Rs 2.4 crore.
The complaint was lodged on February 23 and the police began probing the case, which was reportedly kept under wraps owing to its high profile status.
Nearly the entire staff at Ahuja’s residence has been questioned as part of the investigation, including caretakers, drivers, gardeners and other workers. The officials also went over CCTV footage from the previous year, to identify possible suspects.
Additionally, the government’s Forensic Science Laboratory Division (FSL) was also employed in the case for collecting evidence from the crime scene.
Investigation is still underway. The case has been transferred from the Tughlaq Road police station to the Special Staff Branch of the New Delhi district. The Crime Branch is also probing the matter, the police said.
Update: A jeweller, identified as Dev Verma, a resident of a locality called Kalkaji in South Delhi, has also been arrested in the case for reportedly purchasing the stolen jewellery. The police said they have recovered 100 diamonds, six gold chains, diamond bangles, a diamond bracelet, two tops and one brass coin from the jeweller, amounting in value to over a crore rupees.