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Namdhari booked for Ponty Chadha's brother Hardeep's murder

Nov 29, 2012 05:13 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Sacked Uttarakhand Minorities Commission chief Sukhdev Singh Namdhari has been booked for the murder of Hardeep Singh, the brother of liquor baron Ponty Chadha who was also killed in the shootout at a farmhouse in Delhi's Chhatarpur on November 17.

After producing Namdhari before a Delhi court on Thursday, the police asked for seven days of custody, telling the judge that he has been booked under IPC Section 302 (murder) for Hardeep's murder. The court granted the police three day custody of Namdhari.

Namdhari's lawyer RS Malik claimed that the police's case was very weak and his client was innocent. He said that Namdhari did not fire at Hardeep and the allegations were levelled to defame him.

He also rubbished the allegations that Namdhari's weapon was tampered with and instead accused the police of planting evidence against him.

Police told the court that Namdhari was allowed to carry 10 bullets in his pistol, two of which are unaccounted for.

Police have so far questioned over 100 people in connection with the case and have arrested seven persons directly or indirectly involved in the case. Investigators had taken the help of forensic experts to reconstruct the killing of liquor baron Ponty and his brother as investigators claimed to have found discrepancies in statements made by Namdhari and his PSO.

The experts from CFSL, which is under CBI, went to the Chattarpur farmhouse along with police officials where they reconstructed the scene. Delhi Police have alleged that Namdhari had opened fire at liquor baron Ponty Chadha's brother Hardeep during the shootout at Chattarpur on November 17 in which both the brothers were killed.

Investigators also suspect that Namdhari tampered with his gun. Namdhari's son, a relative and driver, who allegedly helped him in tampering with the gun, are absconding, police said.

(With additional inputs from PTI)