Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, media adviser to former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, on Saturday moved an application before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking regular bail in the alleged Ludhiana land grab case. The once high-profile Chahal has been in judicial custody for the past two weeks.
According to Chahal's counsel, the petition for regular bail is likely to come up for hearing on Monday when the High Court will open after a month-long summer vacation.
The Ludhiana police had arrested Chahal early this month on the charge of attempt to murder, trespass, rioting, armed with deadly weapons and theft, on the basis of an FIR lodged by an 83-year-old Harchand Singh, of Daad village.
The other accused in the case include the father-in-law of Chahal's son Jagdish Singh and his father Kartar Singh, brothers Harbhajan Singh and Jupinder Singh and nephews Harjinder Singh and Iqbal Singh. The complainant had further alleged that on October 23, 2006, seven accused, including Chahal, holding "a gun and deadly weapons", came to the land, took forcible possession and constructed a boundary wall. They also attempted to kill him and took away the motor and water pump installed on his land, Harchand Singh had alleged.
In his petition, Chahal has pleaded that charges levelled against him are patently false and that one case after the other were registered against him. Among other cases Chahal has been facing include two FIRs registered on June 12 and June 13, accusing him of forcibly taking away a Mercedes Benz car in 2005 and not clearing a payment of Rs 15 lakh to a contractor who had refurbished his kitchen in 2002.
The petitioner has also submitted that all these FIRs were registered after he was taken into custody ( in a land grab case of Ludhiana) and that the complaints were filed under pressure in various other cases in Patiala.
It may be recalled, after Chahal was remanded into police custody in Ludhiana land grab case he had moved the High Court which had directed the Punjab Police to give four days notice to Chahal before arresting him in future if fresh cases were to be registered. This direction will be applicable till July 4.