Mumbai: Artist Chintan Upadhyay, arrested in connection with the murder of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Haresh Bhambhani, has approached the Bombay High Court, seeking bail on the ground that he was falsely implicated.

Chintan filed the bail plea recently in the high court after a sessions court rejected his application for the same last month while referring to the murders as an “act of hate”, and cited the possibility of Chintan fleeing from justice if he is let off on bail.

Mumbai-based artist Hema and Bhambani were killed on December 11 last year and their bodies disposed of in cardboard boxes that were thrown into a ditch in suburban Kandivali.Prime accused Vidyadhar Rajbhar has been absconding since then, while Chintan was arrested soon after on suspicion of being the alleged mastermind behind the conspiracy to eliminate his estranged wife.

The bail plea will come up for hearing today before Justice N W Sambre.Apart from Chintan, the others arrested in the case include Pradeep Rajbhar and Shivkumar Rajbhar.