Ponty Chadha shoot-out: Police files third charge sheet

Delhi Police filed the third charge sheet in connection with the killing of liquor baron Ponty Chadha elaborating on role of nine persons including seven owing allegiance to SS Namdhari, who is the main accused.

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday filed the third charge sheet in connection with the killing of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother, elaborating on role of nine persons including seven owing allegiance to sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief SS Namdhari, who is the main accused.

The charge sheet has been filed against the persons who were absconding during the probe and surrendered after the non-bailaible warrants were issued against them.

Namdhari`s loyalist Satnam Singh, Balkar Singh, Baaj Singh, Pargat Singh, Kulbir Singh, Bakshish Singh and Hardayal Singh have been accused in the charge sheet of being part of a conspiracy to forcibly take into their possession the farmhouse from Ponty`s brother on November 17, 2012.

The shoot-out on the day resulted in the killing of Ponty and his brother Hardeep.
"These seven have pointed out the place of incident, Farmhouse No 42 Chattarpur, and disclosed that this was the same place were on November 17, 2012 as part of the criminal conspiracy hatched they carried deadly weapons along with 15-20 associates with Ponty`s manager," the police said in its charge sheet filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Raj Kumar Tripathi.

They "broke open the locks of the Farmhouse No 42 DLF Chattapur, Delhi and looted the mobile phones of staffs Hardeep Singh and forcibly evicted them.

"Therefore all the above seven accused person have also pointed out the place of conspiracy...," they said.

The agency also named Premveer and Inderpal, the private security guards of Ponty`s brother Rajender Chadha, as accused in the case, saying they abducted the complainant Nandlal, who was Ponty`s man and kept him illegally.

It also said that all the nine accused were seen in the CCTV footage at the spot on the day of the incident and had actively taken part in the conspiracy hatched by Ponty and Namdhari.

The police had earlier filed a charge sheet against Ponty, Namdhari and his PSO Sachin Tyagi booking them for murder and under various other provisions of IPC.

Altogether 22 others were chargesheeted for offences including attempt to murder, causing grievous harm, dacoity, rioting with deadly weapons, house trespass, kidnapping and illegally confinement and destruction of evidence. However, trial against Ponty and Hardeep has been abated as they both died in the shoot-out.

The charges of criminal conspiracy, common intention and under the Arms Act were also imposed on all the 22 accused including Ponty for trying to take over the disputed farm house from the possession of Hardeep.

Ponty and Hardeep, who allegedly had a property dispute, were killed in the shootout at a Chhattarpur farmhouse on November 17, last year.

The first charge sheet had named Ponty as an accused as he had reached the place of incident in accordance with his "well-hatched conspiracy" with Namdhari and others to take possession of the south Delhi farm house.

The second supplementary accused Hardeep in the case, saying the probe has revealed that Ponty was killed due to the shot fired at him by his brother.

The police in today`s charge sheet has mentioned the sequence of events about the incident saying that Ponty and Namdhari had conspired to take over the farm house from the possession of Hardeep.

It said Hardeep had arrived at the scene and when Ponty`s man was opening the gate of the disputed property, Hardeep had fired at the man and also at Ponty and in return Namdhari and his PSO shot him.

"Hardeep reached gate No.3 of the farm house and found Narender, employee of Ponty opening the gate of the farm house and Ponty and Namdhari sitting in the Land Cruiser parked in front of the gate.

"Hardeep first fired at Narender and Narender ran towards his vehicle. When Ponty was about to get down from his car, Hardeep fired at Ponty who was sitting on the left rear seat.

"Thereafter, both Namdhari and Tyagi, in furtherance of the conspiracy to eliminate all obstacles in their design of taking over possession, fired towards Hardeep. After being hit with bullets, Hardeep managed to reach the guard room where he succumbed to his injuries," the charge sheet said.

The charge sheet also said, "It is also established that Hardeep caused death of Ponty with intention to cause his death or with intention to cause such bodily injuries as are sufficient, in the ordinary course of nature, to cause death.

"Though there was provocation, the same was not of such a nature so as to justify the actions of Hardeep," it said.

The court, meanwhile, took cognisance of today`s charge sheet and committed it to the sessions court for trial.