Chandigarh: Ruchika Girhotra`s family lawyer
Pankaj Bhardwaj, facing a cheating and forgery case in
Amritsar, on Wednesday alleged that timing of Punjab police team
descending at his residence to arrest him is a conspiracy
against him to pressurise him not to pursue the case involving
"There is a lobby behind it," he told reporters.
"I will not avoid police...I will cooperate in
investigation," he said adding he would also move an
application for anticipatory bail.
After arguing the case of former Haryana DGP SPS Rahore
in the Punjab and Haryana High court here, Bhardwaj told
reporters outside the court premises "the case is being
masterminded by a lobby."
He, however, did not name the lobby about which he was
He said that last month Amritsar police had summoned
him and he fully cooperated in the investigation in the case.
"It smells something fishy...yesterday Amritsar police
team came here looking for me," he said adding that "it had
been done at the behest of some influential person as I am
taking up cases against high ups."
"After the conviction of Rathore in the Ruchika case
some people even told me not to further pursue the
case...but I will not get bogged down," he said.
"My name even does not figure in the FIR registered
by the Amritsar police," he said adding that he himself ceased
to be one of the director of he firm in 2006 and had also
returned the money involved to the tune of rs one crore.
The case pertains to land owned by Amritsar Improvement
Trust, which was allegedly transferred in the name of a
company in which Bhardwaj was one of the alleged directors,
It is alleged that the land was transferred through
forged documents following which the Trust and a Gurgaon-based
firm filed a complaint of cheating in 2007.
On the recent directions of the Punjab and Haryana
High Court, Amritsar police took action against about two
dozen accused by presenting a chargesheet in the Amritsar