The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday dismissed the bail petitions filed by two city businessmen — Sanjay Dahuja and Aman Grover — who are accused in a Rs 40-lakh bribery case also involving a Chandigarh DSP of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW).
The decision came from a bench headed by Justice Jitendra Chauhan on the petitions moved by Dahuja and Grover. However, the detailed judgment in the case is still awaited.
On August 13, the CBI had arrested the owner of Berkeley Automobiles Sanjay Dahuja and owner of Hotel KLG Aman Grover while accepting a bribe from Dahuja’s industrial area office. Later DSP RC Meena and sub-inspector Surinder Kumar were also arrested by the CBI from the Sector 17 EOW office.
The CBI had registered the case under various sections of the prevention of corruption Act and criminal conspiracy against the accused on August 13. The complainant, Guneet Chawla, had alleged that Dahuja and Grover had on August 12 demanded Rs 40 lakh from her for not arresting her father GS Chawla and other family members and settling the case being probed by the EOW.
The CBI, in its challan presented before the Chandigarh CBI court on October 12, had submitted that Dahuja had not only demanded but also accepted Rs 40 lakh bribe on behalf of a DSP in the EOW.
Appearing for the accused, senior advocate RS Cheema had submitted in the High Court that as the challan has been presented in the case by the CBI and the investigation is complete there is no requirement of judicial custody of the petitioners in the case. It was also submitted that the complainant in the case, Guneet Chawla, had played a fraud with the petitioners.
However, appearing for the CBI, advocate Sumeet Goel submitted that there is no law which says that if the challan has been presented, the bail must be granted to the accused. He added that there are many other criteria which should be followed while granting the bail.
Goel said the Chandigarh Economic Offences Wing had registered the FIR in the case involving Chawlas on December 26 last year and till August this year there was no progress in the case. Goel submitted that the complainant Guneet Chawla in the case had submitted that the accused were also threatening her.