Liquor baron Arvind Singla surrenders in court in Chandigarh

Sector 37 property grab case: Sent to 4-day police remand

Liquor baron Arvind Singla surrenders in court in Chandigarh

Accused Arvind Singla, who surrendered before a court in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11

A local court remanded liquor baron Arvind Singla, one of the accused in the alleged property grab case of Sector 37, in four-day police custody. Singla surrendered before the court today after his anticipatory bail plea was dismissed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Singla was pursuing his legal remedies since the FIR was registered in the case on March 2, 2021. The police sought a week’s remand for recovering the agreement and other related documents from Singla. However, Bhupinder Ghai, counsel for the accused, opposed the remand, saying that the police had already got all documents related to the case and these had been attached with the voluminous chargesheet submitted before the court.

Ghai argued that there was no need for the police remand of the accused. After hearing the arguments, the court allowed the remand of the accused for four days.

Soon after the registration of the FIR, the police had arrested Sanjeev Mahajan, Manish Gupta, Satpal Dagar and Inspector Rajdeep in the case. The police had registered the case against the accused under Sections 328, 331, 344, 365, 386, 419, 420, 452, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 471, 473, 474, 477, 166, 201 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 13(1) and (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

According to the chargesheet, the accused first entered the house of owner Rahul Mehta forcibly and took possession of the first floor in March 2017 and started living as tenants. The accused allegedly took his signatures on papers after torturing him. Mehta was later allegedly abandoned in Gujarat. The police said an imposter of Rahul Mehta was produced before the office of the sub-registrar at the time of execution of the sale deed of the house.

Police had sought week’s remand

Arvind Singla was pursuing his legal remedies since the FIR was registered in the case on March 2, 2021. The police sought a week’s remand for recovering the agreement and other related documents from Singla. However, Bhupinder Ghai, counsel for the accused, opposed the remand, saying the police had already got all documents related to the case and these had been attached with the voluminous chargesheet submitted before the court.

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