Dowry case: Ex DGP's son sent to judicial custody

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 23:16 IST

After surrendering before the court on Wednesday, the son of the former director general of police (DGP) of Himachal Pradesh, Arjun Gill, was sent to judicial custody on Friday.

Police claimed to have recovered a CD, some pictures, and his mobile phone. Gill was arrested in connection with a dowry harassment and attempt to rape case.

A senior police official, seeking anonymity, said though the first information report (FIR) also named former DGP Gurpreet Singh Gill and other family members, the prima facie evidence was against Arjun, who was engaged to the victim, with their marriage scheduled to be held on November 30. In this regard, Arjun had moved his anticipatory bail application in a local court, but it was rejected.

Sources said he had also approached the Supreme Court, seeking anticipatory bail, but his plea was rejected on Monday, following which he finally surrendered before the court to join the investigation.

The victim is a daughter of an inspector general (IG) rank official of the Punjab Police. The investigation is being conducted by the crime against women (CAW) cell of the Chandigarh police.

Police said the accused's cell phone, through which he forced the victim to make physical relations with him and threatened to upload her objectionable pictures on social networking sites, was seized.

Several allegations of unreasonable demands from the victim were levelled against Arjun. He has been accused of demanding dowry after the marriage date was fixed. The FIR says a list was handed over to the girl's parents, in which six gold bracelets of three tolas each, gold sets, 30 suits for women relatives in accused's family and a Rado watch was demanded.

The case was registered on October 11 over the allegations of outraging modesty, attempt to rape, breach of trust, criminal intimidation and other offences under sections 354, 354-A, 354-B, 406, 506, 376, 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act at the Sector 34 police station.​

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