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ASI Ram posted at CM house remanded in judicial custody

Says complainant struck deal with investigating officer in presence of his counsel.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 17, 2013 1:32:28 am

Says complainant struck deal with investigating officer in presence of his counsel.

A local court on Thursday remanded ASI Jagdish Ram,who was accused in a bribery case,in judicial custody. After the accused ASI of the Haryana Armed Police (HAP) made a prompt confession in a local court on Wednesday that he had accepted Rs 5 lakh from the Mauli Jagran resident,he also claimed that the deal was struck between the complainant,Gurmeet Singh,and the investigating officer of the case,ASI Jitender,in the presence of the complainant’s advocate. The accused ASI alleged that Gurmeet’s advocate had advised him to file a complaint with the vigilance department.

ASI Ram,posted at Haryana Chief Minister’s residence,was arrested by the vigilance cell of the UT Police on Tuesday.

“Gurmeet had approached me after he was booked in a case last year. He sought my help in exoneration from the case. I introduced him to the IO (investigating officer) ASI Jitender Kumar. A deal was struck between them in the presence of Gurmeet’s advocate,” ASI Ram told the court.

Sudershan Moudgil,Gurmeet’s advocate,said,“ASI Ram had offered Gurmeet’s exoneration from the case against a payment of Rs 15 lakh. After Gurmeet negotiated and even paid an amount to the police officials,I advised Gurmeet to file a complaint with the vigilance department”.

ASI Ram added,“I had accepted Rs 5 lakh from the complainant in April. The money was then passed to ASI Jatinder. I was again asked to collect the remaining amount from Gurmeet,who then gave me Rs 1 lakh on Tuesday”.

“Gurmeet had met ASI Ram at a naka near Chandigarh-Panchkula border in 2001. Gurmeet asked for Ram’s help after a case was registered against him in August,2012,” said DSP Vigilance Jal Dhari Meena.

Gurmeet had filed a complaint against two ASI’s of the Haryana Police on Tuesday. Gurmeet was booked by Kaithal Police in August,2012,in an alleged immigration fraud.

Gurmeet was booked on the complaint of Major Singh,a resident of Gulicha village,Kaithal. Major Singh alleged that Gurmeet,along with some other people had duped him of Rs 40 lakh with a promise to send him abroad. Police said in the immigration fraud case,Gurcharan Singh and his sons,Gurmeet Singh,Mahinder Singh,Gurpyar Singh and Sukhwinder Singh,were held.

Gurcharan,who reportedly ran an immigration firm in Manimajra,claimed a police official started taking Gurmeet’s help in his dealings. The duo also shared an office.

After Gurchahran shut his business last year,his clients started asking for the money they had given Gurcharan,from Gurmeet. While one of the accused,Gurpyar Singh settled down in England,Gurcharan,who was arrested by Haryana Police,was released on bail by the court.

“Proceedings to declare Gurmeet a proclaimed offender are at present being conducted in a local court in Kaithal. Gurmeet was booked for cheating. This was the case for which he was seeking exoneration from,” said Sudershan Moudgil,Gurmeet’s advocate.

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