On Tuesday, Mumbai police arrested a man working as a domestic help at Union Minister Piyush Goyal's house for allegedly stealing valuables and confidential data.
The theft took place at the minister's plush residence named Villa Orb, located in Nepean Sea Road area.
Though the alleged thief stole items last month, he was arrested earlier this week. Goyal hasn't commented on the incident, yet.
The accused was arrested from Delhi
The theft came to light after Goyal's family members noticed that some silverware and rare brass material were missing from home. The crime reportedly took place between September 16 and 18.
Thereafter, an FIR was registered at Gamdevi Police Station, and cops arrested the accused- Vishnu Kumar Vishwakarma.
The 30-year-old, who reportedly hails from Nepal, was tracked to Delhi.
Cops weren't convinced he stole just cash and valuables
Police launched a sustained interrogation and recovered some stolen items from him.
Apparently, Rs. 35,000 in cash and mobile phones were recovered from Vishwakarma, who had been working at Goyal's residence for 2-3 years now.
Notably, police suspected that he stole more than just items, which prompted them to check his phone. Cops then learned Vishwakarma had deleted emails and messages.
Cops have sought cyber police's help in cracking the case
As it turns out, Vishwakarma had five mobile phones with him. He claimed two were his, while others belonged to his friend.
Police also came to know that he sent emails to unidentified people.
They have requested a cyber police station at BKC and Kalina Forensic Science Lab to retrieve data that was deleted from the devices.
His call details are also being verified.
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Meanwhile, Vishwakarma has said he is innocent
On his part, Vishwakarma has denied the accusations. He claimed he had gone to Delhi to meet a relative when the alleged theft happened. To note, he has been charged with theft and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. He is in judicial custody.