A British couple has been accused of plotting the murder of their adopted son to get an insurance payout of £150,000. The couple Arti Dhir, and Kaval Raijada who lives in Hanwell, west London have denied all accusations related to the killing of Gopal Sejani who was abducted in Gujarat and later died due to the injuries. While the Indian government wants to extradite the couple to face trial, Britain has rejected requests on human rights grounds. But now the Indian government has won leave to appeal against the decision. US Mother Kills Two-Year-Old Son for Bedwetting, Sentenced to 40 Years Jail.
According to court documents, in 2015, Arti and Kaval went to Keshod a village in Gujarat to adopt an orphan. They placed an advert in a local newspaper for an adoption. Following which they met, Gopal Sejani, a farm boy, who was living with this older sister and her husband. They decided to adopt Gopal and give him a better life in London. The couple returned to London without Gopal while visa papers were arranged for him. Texas Mother Sentenced 40 Years Prison for Letting Her Daughters Slowly Die in Car As She Partied.
After returning to London, they then took an insurance policy in Gopal's name which would payout after 10 years or in the case of Gopal's death. Arti made two payments of £15,000; insurance claim if Gopal died would be around £150,000. Two years later, in 2017, Gopal was abducted by two men on motorbikes. He was stabbed and left on a road in Gujarat in an unconscious state. His brother-in-law, Harsukh Kardani who tried to defend Gopal was also attacked and died later in that month. Absentminded German Parents Forget Baby Inside Taxi As They Return From Hospital After Birth of Child.
Arti and Kaval were arrested in the UK in June 2017 after a request from the Indian government. They now face six charges in India, including conspiracy to murder and kidnapping. Talking about the insurance, Superintendent Saurab Singh of Junagadh Police, in Gujarat, told the BBC, "After a few days she took out an insurance policy in his name. It was a huge amount and she paid two premiums, knowing very well that in the event of Gopal's death, she would be paid 10 times the insured amount." Saudi Plane Forced to Return Immediately After Take-Off As Mother Forgets Baby at Airport.
Indian police arrested a suspect in the murder who said to be a friend of the couple and was a student in London. Officials said that previously two other attempts to murder were also made towards Gopal. Eventually, the insurance policy never paid out. According to the court papers, they say there is "no prima facie case against them". They are currently on a bail pending an appeal.