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Namdhari conspired to kill Ponty, brother: police

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   New Delhi New Delhi, October 19, 2013
First Published: 00:57 IST(19/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:49 IST(19/10/2013)

Sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief SS Namdhari along with 21 other accused were part of the “conspiracy to kill” liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep, the Delhi Police told a local court here on Friday.

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The crime branch of Delhi Police submitted its charges against Namdhari and the other accused in its concluding arguments before Additional Sessions Judge Vimal Kumar Yadav who is hearing the November 17, 2012 Chattarpur farmhouse shootout case during which both Ponty and his brother Hardeep were killed.

 During the hearing, the prosecution narrated the sequence of events leading to the final act of murder. It claimed Ponty and Namdhari had conspired to take over the farmhouse from Hardeep’s possession.

The prosecution informed the court that the two brothers were not on talking terms as there was a property dispute between them.

Namdhari refuted all allegations of the investigating agency and said that he was “innocent” and had been “falsely implicated.”

 He argued there was no legal evidence against him and claimed that he had no connection with bullets recovered from the spot or from the bodies of the deceased brothers.

 “If Namdhari’s personal security officer Sachin Tyagi fired at anyone, it was in his self defence and not with an intention to kill anyone,” the counsel said, adding that “no arms were recovered from Namdhari’s possession.”

Namdhari’s counsel told the court that none of the co-accused had in their statements named his client or referred to his involvement in the commission of the offence.

The police had filed three chargesheets against Ponty, Namdhari and Namdhari’s personal security officer Sachin Tyagi, booking them for murder and offences under various provisions of the IPC. Trial against Ponty and Hardeep has been abated as they both died in the shootout.


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