Namdhari charged with murder in Ponty Chadha case

Published: 16th February 2013 07:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2013 07:02 PM   |  A+A-


Sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief S S Namdhari and his personal security officer were today charge sheeted in a Delhi court for the offence of murder in the November 17 shoot out case at a farmhouse here in which liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep were killed while 19 others were booked for other offences.

The charge sheet filed by Delhi Police Crime Branch has also 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 the possession of the disputed farm house in south Delhi's Chattarpur area which was under the custody of Hardeep.

The charge sheet filed in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Kumar, has said that Ponty and Namdhari were the "main conspirators in armed and forcible dispossession of occupants from farm house No. 42".

The charge sheet has named 19 others who have not been charged under section 302 of IPC for murder but for other varying offences ranging from attempt to murder, causing grievous harm, dacoity, rioting with deadly weapons, house trespass, kidnapping and illegally confining occupants of the farm house, destruction of evidence etc.

The charge of criminal conspiracy, common intention and offence under Arms Act have been imposed on all the 22 accused including Ponty to take over the disputed farm house from the possession of Hardeep.

The police in the charge sheet 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 when Ponty's man was locking the gate after evicting the occupants of the farm house.

Hardeep had fired at the man who was locking the gate and also at Ponty and in return Namdhari and his PSO shot him.

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