EXCLUSIVE – Roaming free: Couple “who had their 11-year-old adopted son killed for £ 150,000 in insurance payments”
- Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada are the main suspects in a horrific plot to assassinate their son
- They have been the subject of extradition requests from the Indian government
- But they avoided extradition on the grounds that it would violate their human rights
Returning home from their Christmas shopping, former Heathrow Airport employees Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada seemed to care to the world.
Free to do whatever they want, the couple can go from their West London council apartment to the post office or the gym without even raising an eyebrow.
Yet remarkably, the couple are prime suspects in a horrific plot to murder their 11-year-old adopted son in India for an insurance payment of £ 150,000 – and have repeatedly managed to evade justice.
Dhir, 55, and Raijada, 31, have been the subject of extradition requests from the Indian government to return and stand trial for their alleged roles in the murders of little Gopal Sejani and his brother-in-law Harsukhbhai Kardani, who was killed while trying to save the child.
Coming home from a Christmas store, former Heathrow airport workers Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada seemed to mock it
But they avoided extradition from Britain on the controversial grounds that it would violate their human rights.
In February, the High Court in London learned that, if convicted of a double murder in India, the couple could face a life sentence without parole.
It would be “inhuman and degrading treatment”, in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, it has been said.
Indian authorities have since appealed, but have again lost their case. Scotland Yard has yet to open a formal investigation into the allegations the couple plotted the murder from their home in Hanwell.
The Indian government is reportedly considering its next steps. But until then, the couple remains free to roam the streets of London.
Court documents filed in the UK allege that in 2015, Dhir and her husband Raijada agreed to adopt orphan Gopal, from the poor village of Maliya Hatina, in the countryside of Gujurat, with the promise of a “life. better ”in England.
Dhir, 55, and Raijada, 31, have been the subject of extradition requests from the Indian government to return and stand trial for their alleged roles in the murders of little Gopal Sejani and his brother-in-law Harsukhbhai Kardani, who was killed while trying to save the child
Shortly after the adoption process began, Dhir took out a “wealth builder” life insurance policy on the boy, making her the sole beneficiary of the potential £ 150,000 payout in the event of a loss. death.
In February 2017, Gopal and his brother-in-law traveled to the town of Rakjot to finalize the adoption. On the way home, they were attacked by two men on motorcycles and stabbed.
Gopal was thrown by the side of the road and died of his injuries in hospital while his brother-in-law was fatally stabbed while trying to protect him.
Nitish Mund, a student who previously shared Hanwell’s apartment with the couple, said he was recruited by Raijada to orchestrate the murder in India for money. He is currently being held in the country.
British chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ruled earlier this year that there was strong circumstantial evidence that the couple “along with others had committed the offenses”. They deny any wrongdoing.
Earlier this year, Tory MP Tim Loughton, who sits on the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Daily Mail: ‘Do we really want suspected child killers roaming the streets of London? “
A spokesperson for Dhir declined to comment and a spokesperson for Raijada did not respond to a request for comment.