"Everyone around him, including his PAs, became rich—except me. I was humiliated by Pramod on several occasions, including in public. He treated me like dirt."—Pravin Mahajan in his confession to the police on why he shot his brother Pramod Mahajan. With every passing day, the mystery deepens as to why Pravin Mahajan attempted to murder his brother, BJP general secretary and GenNext leader Pramod Mahajan. The official police take is that he confessed to pulling the trigger of the Browning pistol because he was humiliated and ignored. He said he was the poor brother of a rich and powerful man and that he had got "nothing out of the Rs 2,000 crore" of Pramod’s alleged wealth. Pravin has been charged under Section 307 of IPC for attempt to murder and under the Arms Act for illegally using a licensed weapon. The local court remanded him to police custody. But could such a murderous attack have been provoked suddenly by so apparently general a reason? Or is there a deeper, darker side to Pravin’s resentment that is being kept hidden from the public glare?
The police should, in normal circumstances, have been able to answer that. They have, but not satisfactorily enough. Top police officers believe they have everything—confession and witnesses—they need to make the case against Pravin Mahajan; there’s no gain in probing further although sources speak of financial and personal reasons behind the attack. The most crucial evidence for the police is Pravin’s surrender and confession that is part of the FIR. Legally speaking, the Mumbai police have a classic and clear case where the motive and the act are apparent, even unambiguous.