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Delhi Akali councillor's judicial remand extended

PTI  New Delhi, October 17, 2013
First Published: 18:11 IST(17/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:18 IST(17/10/2013)

A Delhi court extended by 14 days the judicial custody of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor Dimple Chadha, accused of forcing a builder to pay bribe to save a building from being demolished by the Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD).

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Special CBI judge Pradeep Chaddah extended Chadha's judicial custody till November 1.

Chadha, a councillor from Sant Garh in west Delhi's Tilak Nagar and also the SAD's Delhi unit vice-president, is accused of pressing Santokh Singh, a builder in his constituency, to pay Rs. 2 lakh for raising a structure or else he would get it demolished by MCD officials.

He had surrendered before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on September 27 after evading arrest for two weeks and being refused anticipatory bail by the court. He was first remanded in judicial custody on October 3.

The councillor's personal assistant, Gagan Arora, is also an accused in the case and was nabbed in a trap laid by the CBI when he was accepting part of the bribe money on September 14.

Complainant Santokh Singh had also written to the police seeking protection, alleging that he had received a threatening phone call from Chadha while he was absconding.

In its order rejecting Chadha's anticipatory bail plea on September 24, the court had noted that Chadha had been extorting money using his muscle power and misusing armed police guards provided by the Punjab Police.

"Of the hundred people who suffer extortion, only a handful gather the courage to lodge a complaint. Keeping in mind his (Chadha's) behaviour, it would not be in the interest of justice to let him roam free," the court had said.

The judge was also told by the complainant that Chadha collected Rs. 1,000 from each property dealer in the event of rallies and even washermen in the area were forced to pay Rs. 300.

The court's attention was also brought to the complaints registered against Chadha for threatening one Vikram Vinayak and Yashpal Arora, director of an automobile service station in his area.

Chadha had forced the automobile businessman to pay Rs. 100 per car serviced.

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