The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Akshdeep Mahajan has rejected Chandigarh police’s investigation into the cheating case registered against a local jeweller and asked the police to reinvestigate.
The case was registered against city-based jeweller Nikka Mal Babu Ram and Sons in Sector 22 on charges of cheating in February this year on the complaint of an IAS officer Sanjeev Goyal, principal director, central excise. The complainant had alleged that the jeweller sold him gold of inferior quality and cheated him. Citing “lack of evidence”, Chandigarh police was quick enough to submit a “cancellation report” in the court on March 9. However, on September 27, the court refused to accept the cancellation report and ordered police to further investigate the matter.
The complainant pleaded in the court that police didn’t investigate the case properly and alleged that the investigating agency acted “under pressure” from the jeweller. The records accessed by Chandigarh Newsline revealed that though the court orders were pronounced on September 27 , the case file was sent to Station House Officer, police station-Sector 17 yesterday.
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Giving reasons for reinvestigation, the court ordered, “Cancellation report is not accepted at this stage, and the file is ordered to be sent to the concerned SHO for further investigation…” reads the order issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate.
The CJM also added, “Police has not got the bangles tested from any laboratory so as to reach definite conclusion that gold bangles are indeed of lesser purity than projected in the quality assurance certificate. All the aforesaid aspects are material and solely on the basis that purchase bill for the jewellery was not used by the jeweller could not be a ground to submit cancellation report in the matter.”
The order further states, “From perusal of material brought on record in the investigation which has been conducted so far, it becomes apparent that the police has failed to conduct investigation on several important aspects of the case. The gold jewellery has not been physically checked so as to find out the stamp marking of jeweller on such gold jeweller and its purity which could connect the purchase of such jewellery with the jeweller.”
Mandeep Jain, owner of Nikka Mal Babu Ram and Sons said that he was aware that a reinvestigation has been ordered in the case, but refused to comment any further. The complainant Sanjeev Goyal said that he was hopeful that police shall now investigate the case properly unlike last time.