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No anticipatory bail for ex-DGP’s son

chandigarh Updated: Nov 05, 2014 22:10 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times
Additional district and sessions judge

Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla here on Wednesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Arjun Gill, son of former Himachal Pradesh director general of police (DGP) Gurpreet Singh Gill, facing charges of attempt to rape and dowry harassment of a woman he was to be married to on November 30.

“Remedy of anticipatory bail is an extraordinary remedy provided in law, and has to be resorted to only in exceptional cases and if special grounds are made out,” said the Chandigarh court while rejecting the plea.

Arjun, his father, and mother Nika Gill, were booked by the UT police on the complaint of the daughter of a Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) — the latter two for dowry harassment and related charges only, while Arjun is also accused of attempt to rape and molestation. The marriage, the complainant woman claims, was called off by her family as the Gills had been demanding dowry. An irked Arjun had then tried to rape her, she has alleged.

Disbelieving Arjun’s claims of being false implicated by “misuse of power”, the court in the detailed order said, “There was no attempt to involve the accused in a false case with a view to disgrace him or to malign him, and his conduct does not inspire confidence... Person seeking anticipatory bail has to satisfy by making out special case that the charges leveled against him are amplified and stem from ulterior motive.”

Harassment after ‘roka’

The FIR says that after the ‘roka’ or engagement ceremony Arjun used to “almost daily” take his fiancé out for dinner, a drive, to meet friends and relatives. On all these occasions he is alleged to have forcibly hugged her and kissed her in front of other people and when they were alone. The woman alleged that Arjun used to say that “sexual compatibility is very important for a marriage” and there was nothing wrong in having physical relationship.

On October 7, Arjun took her inside the TV room attached with his bedroom at his house, it is claimed, There, he started touching her inappropriately, to which she resisted. Arjun tried to put some “white coloured powder” to her nose following which she she ran out of the room to the lobby, shouting, the FIR adds. Arjun’s parents allegedly asked her to calm down and “not make an issue out of it”, and told her that highlighting the matter would “bring bad name to her only”.

Arjun later apologised but she said she could not bear it anymore.

The defence

Claiming to be innocent, Arjun said he was implicated in a false case after he refused to get married to the daughter of the Punjab IGP. He claimed no demand of any kind was made at any time. “All allegations in respect of making advances, molestation, outraging her modesty and so-called attempt to rape are incorrect and motivated with an afterthought of ideas, and due to misguidance by someone to blackmail,” the defence says.

Now, however, Arjun would move the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking anticipatory bail and challenging the dismissal of his plea. He faces the threat of being arrested by the police.