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Ponty case: Trial of Namdhari, others to begin on Mar 21

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 18:59

New Delhi: A Delhi court will commence from March 21 trial of sacked Uttarakhand minority panel chief SS Namdhari and 10 others, chargesheeted for their alleged roles in the killings of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep at a farm house here.

Additional Sessions Judge of South District in Saket court will conduct the trial of the case against Namdhari, his Personal Security Officer (PSO) Sachin Tyagi, his aides Simranjeet Singh and Jagbir Singh, and six other accused.

Ponty`s men including Narender Alawat, who was arrested a day before the chargesheet was filed in the case on February 16, will also be tried by the sessions court.

The case was today committed to the sessions court for trial by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Raj Kumar Tripathi, who has supplied copies of the chargesheet to the 21 accused.

Offences under Sections "302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 397 (dacoity), and 368 (kidnapping) of IPC are exclusively triable by the court of sessions...The accused is directed to appear before the court concerned on March 21," Tripathi said.

Ponty Chadha and Hardeep, who had an alleged property dispute, were killed in a shootout at a Chhattarpur farmhouse in south Delhi on November 17, last year.

Namdhari and Tyagi face charges of murder, attempt to murder and other offences under the IPC besides cases under the Arms Act. Ponty has also been accused of killing his brother in the charge sheet.

The other accused have been booked for the offences ranging from attempt to murder, causing grievous harm, dacoity, rioting with deadly weapons, house trespass, kidnapping and illegally confining occupants of the farm house and destruction of evidence under the IPC.


First Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 18:59
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