New Delhi: The wife of Hardeep Chadha, who was murdered along with his elder brother, liquor baron Ponty Chadha, has moved court, seeking cancellation of bail of main accused Sukhdev Singh Namdhari. She claims he’s been threatening her family and has also made two prosecution witnesses give false testimonies.
Alleging that Namdhari has “interfered with administration of justice”, the petitioner, Jasdeep Kaur, has sought immediate cancellation of his bail. At present, Namdhari is out on interim bail. Jasdeep has also sought initiation of perjury proceedings against two key prosecution witnesses, claiming they have given different versions of the incident before the court and Juvenile Justice Board, which is hearing the case against minors involved in the case.
Additional sessions judge Vimal Kumar Yadav has kept both the pleas pending. The case is at the stage where prosecution evidence is being recorded and the next hearing is on April 18. Jasdeep said that Namdhari had also “intimidated” her. “…These overwhelming circumstances warrant the cancellation of bail of accused…Facts show there is interference by the accused with the due course of administration of justice and these supervening circumstances have rendered the possibility of a fair trial no longer conductive..,” stated the plea filed through advocate Vijay Aggarwal.
The two witnesses who have been accused of taking “contradictory” stands are Hardeep’s driver, Nand Lal Mahto, and his son, Hemant Kumar. Jasdeep has alleged that Namdhari, through Mahto, had threatened her in the last week of November at her house. This was after Mahto gave a “contradictory” statement in court regarding the shootout, argued Aggarwal. Jasdeep claimed Mahto said he no longer needed to work with her as Namdhari was taking care of him. She also said that Mahto issued a veiled threat, saying that he wasn’t sure about the safety of her family as they had taken up cudgels against Namdhari.
Mahto, in his statement to the police and Juvenile Justice Board, had narrated the shootout at the family farmhouse in details, saying he also saw some accused persons opening fire with the purpose of killing people. Mahto had specifically named some of the accused, adding that many people were injured. However, while deposing in court, Mahto retracted from his earlier statement and said that he does not know if anybody got hurt in the incident.
Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep, who were allegedly involved in a property dispute, were killed in a shootout at a Chhattarpur farmhouse on November 17, 2012.
Sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief Namdhari and 20 others are facing trial in the case for offences under sections 302 (murder) and 149 (offence committed by member of unlawful assembly) of IPC. The court had also framed charges under Section 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) against one accused, Rajpal, from whom six cellphones were recovered. On July 17, 2015, the court had framed charges against the accused after they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.