Suspended inspector general of police (IGP) Gautam Cheema, booked on the charge of abduction of a proclaimed offender (PO), besides molestation, has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking anticipatory bail.
The petition will come up for hearing on October 6 before justice Jitendra Chauhan.
The SAS Nagar court has already dismissed Cheema’s anticipatory bail plea.
The SAS Nagar police had registered a case on August 30 against Punjab-cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Gautam Cheema on the charge of abducting a proclaimed offender (PO) from police custody.
Cheema was posted in the information technology and telecommunications (IT&T) wing of the Punjab police in Chandigarh when he was booked. Since then, he has been on the run.
The case was registered under sections 365 (kidnapping or abduction), 342 (wrongful confinement), 452 (house trespass, assault or wrongful restraint), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 225 (obstruction to lawful apprehension of another person), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with various sections of the Arms Act.
Cheema was accused of abducting PO Sumedh Gulati from police custody. Gulati, arrested on August 26, was a business partner of alleged conman Davinder Singh Gill, who was arrested recently.