Ponty murder: Court takes exception to police failure to file charge sheet
New Delhi: A court here took exception to the failure of the Delhi Police to fulfil its assurance of filing before it on Friday the charge sheet in the case of the November 17 killing of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep in a shootout at a farmhouse here.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Kumar directed the investigating officer (IO) Jitender Kumar to file the charge sheet in the case tomorrow.
Expressing displeasure on the issue, the court said it had extended the judicial custody of the 10 accused for only eight days instead of the routine 14 days on February 7 after the IO had given the assurance that the charge sheet in the case will be filed today.
To a question by the court, Kumar submitted that the Crime Branch of Delhi Police, which was probing the case, had time till February 17 to file the charge sheet as the mandatory 90-day-period for the purpose from the date of the incident will expire on Sunday.
This contention was not appreciated by the judge, who said, "I am giving directions to you, then why are you not following it."
Kumar told the judge that the police will file the charge sheet tomorrow before the rising of the court.
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.
The Crime Branch, which had arrested sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief S S Namdhari, his PSO Sachin Tyagi and eight others for their alleged role in the case, has also sought extension of their judicial custody remand by two days.
The court allowed extension of their judicial custody by two days and directed the police to produce them before it on February 17.
The prosecution had alleged in the court that Namdhari had played a "vital" role in conspiracy with the other accused who had allegedly acted on his orders. Of the ten accused, he is the only person to have been booked under section 302 IPC for murder, according to it.
Ponty's aides Bhupender Singh, Uday Raj Singh, Rajpal Singh, Anand Singh Bisht, Mathura Singh Mehra and Satnam Singh are also accused in the case.
Police have also booked Namdhari's men Simranjeet Singh and Jagbir Singh for allegedly helping him in the commission of the crime.
All the ten accused, including Namdhari, have been booked for allegedly committing offences of hatching criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder, dacoity, assault, destruction of evidence, trespass, illegal confinement and kidnapping under the IPC and also charged them under the Arms Act.
Meanwhile, the IO informed the court that the police have arrested one more persons, Narinder Allawat in the case, who is bedridden due to bullet injury caused to him during the shootout at the farmhouse.