The Noida Police have arrested a senior anchor of a private news channel on Sunday in a death case of a female co-anchor of the same channel who fell from her 4th-floor apartment in Sector 77 and died on Friday.
The police said, that News Anchor Rahul Awasthi, of Zee News, was present in the fourth-floor residence in Antriksh Forest residence of the victim Radhika Kaushik when the incident took place on Friday.
Awasthi had earlier told police that he was in the washroom when Radhika ‘fell’ to her death. “We have found some loopholes in his statement. Also, one of the security guards of the building had seen the duo standing in the balcony just minutes before Radhika fell,” said Shwetabh Pandey, circle officer 3, Noida police.
Forensic teams had recreated the crime scene on Saturday. “Our preliminary investigations suggest that this may not have been a murder. However, Awasthi, a resident of Sector 134, definitely had a role to play in the incident. The forensic team, based on Radhika’s height, have said that the chances are slim that she would have been sitting on the balcony railing, a claim Rahul had made. He has been arrested and will be produced before a judicial magistrate on Monday,” Pandey said.
Meanwhile, Radhika's family had filed a complaint of the murder case against Awasthi and an FIR had been registered. However, based on the available evidence, Awasthi has been booked under Section 304.
“We are glad that he (Awasthi) has been arrested but we are unhappy that he hasn’t been booked for murder,” said Yogesh Kaushik, Radhika’s uncle.