Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-08-17 18:28 Udupi: A statement by the mother of Rajeshwari Shetty, who allegedly murdered her businessman husband Bhaskar Shetty, may have unwittingly damaged beyond repair any defence her daughter’s lawyers are likely to put up. Sumathi Shetty told the media on Tuesday that her daughter performed the final rituals of her husband by burning the body on a wooden plank near the Homa Kunda of priest-cum-tantric Niranjan Bhat. This startling revelation by Sumathi Shetty confirmed that Rajeshari Shetty, her son Navaneeth and Niranjan Bhat murdered Bhaskar Shetty and tried to destroy evidence, said a relative of the Dubai-based businessman. Sumathi Shetty also told the media that Rajeshwari and Navaneeth Shetty could have murdered Bhaskar Shetty in self-defence. “She was facing threat to her from Bhaskar Shetty. Shetty had an illicit relation with a nurse in Dubai and he had a girl child from her. Rajeshwari got to know about it and protested. That made Bhaskar Shetty to seek a divorce from her,” Sumathi Shetty said. “That day, Bhaskar Shetty went home to kill Rajeshwari. It is possible that she and her son killed Bhaskar Shetty in self defence,” Rajeshwari’s mother said. After the murder, Rajeshwari made her son to cremate the body, Sumathi Shetty said in a naïve justification of her daughter’s act. Sumathi Shetty said that none of Rajeshwari’s relatives had anything to do with her action. “If Rajeshwari and her son murdered Bhaskar Shetty, let them face the punishment. But her sister, and other relatives are not connected to this and nobody should suspect them.” She questioned the version that Rajeshwari killed her husband to lay her hands on his assets. “One part of Bhaskar’s assets is with Rajeshwari and nine other parts were with him. Seven super markets in Saudi are in his name. He once told son Navaneeth Shetty that if he took mother’s side, he will not get the assets. He even beat up Navaneeth thrice,” Sumathi Shetty said.