Union Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju's maternal aunt Susheela Devi was found dead in mysterious circumstances in her apartment in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Suspecting foul play, the city police have booked a murder case.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan said that Susheela Devi's jewellery was found missing.
Susheela Devi used to live alone. A realtor had visited her at approximately 2 pm today. The police suspect that her murder took place after the realtor left her house.
A special team has been constituted to investigate the case, said Khan.