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Judicial remand for 4 Wimpy workers
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 18
A Kharar court today remanded four employees of Wimpy International Limited (WIL), an international fast food company owned by London- based Kanwaljeet Singh Sidhu, a close family friend of former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, to judicial custody till July 1.

The fifth accused, Mr Harjinder Singh, a driver, was remanded to judicial custody yesterday with a request from the prosecution that his statement be recorded under Section 164 CrPC. The judge, while sending him to judicial custody in Central Jail, Patiala, fixed June 20 for recording the statement.

Duty Magistrate Ms Harinder Sidhu directed that WIL’s Manager (F and B) and Operations Audit Yash Pal Dhawan, Director Finance-cum-Advisor/Controller R.K. Gupta, senior accounts officer Sanjeev Kulshreshta and driver Devinder Singh should appear before the special Judge, Ropar, on July 1.

Meanwhile, Mr Jeet Singh, father of the fifth accused, Mr Harjinder Singh, moved another application through his counsel Tara Chand Gupta alleging that vigilance officials had threatened him that if his son did not toe police line serious criminal cases would be registered against him and his family.

Mr Jeet Singh pleaded that he apprehended that his son was being tortured and coerced into making a statement. The judge, in her orders, observed that this application would also be taken up on June 20.

Earlier, the prosecution sought seven days’ police custody for three of the accused — R.K Gupta, Sanjeen Kulshreshtha and Yash Pal Dhawan — on the grounds that since new records and documents were recovered during the recent raids at the Wimpy’s International offices at Delhi and the same needed to be verified.


Kanwal says he is receiving threats

Chandigarh, June 18
“The Punjab Police is threatening to liquidate me by sending a hit squad to London,” alleged Mr Kanwal Sidhu, Chairman, Wimpy International, holding that he has informed both the British Home and Foreign Office about such threats which he has received over the telephone.

“The British Government has promised me protection and assured me that all Punjab Government officials visiting the UK will be screened and checked,” he told The Tribune over the phone from London today. TNS

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