Convicted of illegal shed allotment, former Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla got major relief on Thursday as the court acquitted him in a cheating case after the prosecution failed to prove the charges nearly four years later.
Taking note of the prosecution's failure to prove the allegations of cheating, forgery and conspiracy, judicial magistrate Sukhda Pritam on Thursday acquitted Babla, who is currently on probation in the illegal shed allotment case.
After nearly a week of surrender in connection with the illegal shed allotment case, the UT police on January 4, 2010, had booked Babla on charges of cheating, forgery and conspiracy in another case pertaining to the recruitment of auction recorder Rajesh Chauhan on the basis of fake certificates.
A Sector 41 resident, Rashwinder Singh, had lodged a complaint with the UT police accusing Babla of misusing his powers to get Chauhan, an alleged family friend, appointed in violation of rules.
Babla had defended himself saying that he could not be held responsible for the forged documents attached with the application by Chauhan.
“There was no evidence on record to prove that Babla had forged the documents as alleged and none of the 11 witnesses during the trial said Babla had forged or influenced the selection committee,” said advocate AS Sukhija, Babla's counsel.
“I was falsely implicated in the case one after the other owing to political vendetta. The case was registered after I surrendered and there was not even an iota of truth in the allegations. I was victimised for raising voice against mega projects of the UT administration,” Babla said after the acquittal.
August 19, 2009: UT police register case of cheating and forgery against Babla in illegal shed allotment case
August 20: Babla goes underground
December 28: Babla surrenders
January 4, 2010: UT police register case of cheating in the alleged illegal recruitment case
April 7: Police filed challan
March 7 2011: Charges framed
January 15, 2015: Babla acquitted
Other cases against Babla
On July 21 2014, court had convicted Babla, booked by UT police in August 2009, for allegedly allotting platforms in the grain market to 10 ineligible persons. However, taking lenient view, the court released him on probation for one year against bail bonds of `50,000.
Earlier, the UT police had booked Babla on January 10, 2010, for using criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty after a SIM card was found hidden in Babla's clothes while he was being taken to the jail in a case of cheating. The case is pending.