11, Sky Heights: Chapter 17

“Sir, Nisha’s servant Ganesh says that he had seen Omar Hassan come out of Nisha’s room a few minutes after they heard the news about her lying dead in the compound,” The constable told them.

“What?” Shinde couldn’t help but react in shock. He then composed himself and asked, “Where is Ganesh?”

“Sir, he is sitting outside.” The constable answered. “Get him inside”, Joshi ordered and the constable rushed outside.

In a few seconds, Ganesh was brought inside Joshi’s cabin. He was a lean fellow, shabby and unkempt. He smelled of alcohol. The moment he saw Joshi, he folded his hands and said, “Sir…”

“Tell him what you told me,” the constable said.

“Sir, I had seen Omar Hassan come out of Nisha memsahib’s bedroom when everyone was rushing downstairs after hearing that she was lying dead in the compound of the building…” Ganesh shivered as he spoke.

“Why didn’t you tell this to us before?” Shinde asked sternly.

“Sir…I am a poor man. I didn’t want to get into this mess…but then God came in my dream last night and drilled some sense in my head…” Ganesh answered.

Joshi gestured to the constable to take him away.

“Sir, now what? Should we call Omar Hassan for questioning?” Shinde asked.

“Yes, call him now.” Joshi answered.

Few minutes had passed after Shinde had called Omar Hassan to the police station. Joshi’s cell phone rang. It was the Deputy Commissioner calling.

“You will not arrest or question actor Omar Hassan.” The Deputy Commissioner ordered.

“But sir, we have strong evidence against him…” Joshi argued.

“Didn’t you hear me?” The Deputy Commissioner’s tone was rude and raised. “Keep Omar Hassan out of this. You will not question him.”

Joshi grew furious and threw his cellphone at the wall. The battery came out. Shinde rushed to join the pieces back and fortunately it began to work. Joshi was angry because he had done a lot for the Deputy Commissioner’s father. Before passing the civil services exam, the Deputy Commissioner addressed him as ‘uncle’. Today, when he spoke in a raised voice with him, Joshi couldn’t bear it. To make matters worse he was feeling frustrated because Omar Hassan was given some kind of immunity from getting arrested or questioned and that infuriated him even more. It was the breakthrough point in the case but now he was not permitted to question or arrest him.

Joshi calmed down a bit and called the Deputy Commissioner again. “Sir”, he said.

“Sorry, I was under stress so I spoke in a raised voice with you. The Lion (Commissioner) has given orders to not arrest Omar Hassan or even question him.” The Deputy Commissioner apologized and that made Joshi feel better instantly.

“It’s okay, sir.” Joshi said.

Joshi sat wondering after disconnecting the call. Just in a matter of few minutes, the Commissioner had got to know that they had called Omar Hassan for questioning. He knew that even if they had strong evidence against Omar Hassan, there was nothing he could do about it because of the Commissioner’s orders. But Joshi was determined to find out everything about Omar Hassan.

***

Omar Hassan was sitting in his bedroom and reading Nisha’s diary. He was wondering if Mohini had told anyone else that she was going to meet him when she was shot. He did not know that Nisha’s servant Ganesh had seen him coming out of her room and had told the police about it.

He tried to focus on reading Nisha’s diary. Nisha had written many pages about her first meeting with Karan and about their love affair. Omar was not interested in reading about it. He flipped through those pages and continued reading it.

Just then his cellphone began ringing. It was Karan Khanna calling him. Omar did not expect this call but nevertheless, he answered it.

What Karan told him next was baffling to him!

To be continued…

Read previous chapters here: 11, Sky Heights Chapter 1-16

Aashu Patel
Aashu Patel

Aashu Patel is a writer, who has written on a variety of genres ranging from crime to inspirational. 40 books written by him are published. He has worked as an editor of many leading newspapers. He has written many novels. Well-known film director Tigmanshu Dhulia is making a Hindi film based on his English novel 'Madam X'.

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