Protection money: Bail plea of main accused Lubana rejected

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 02, 2015 22:05 IST

A local court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Rattan Lubana, 22, the chairman of BJP's student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) chairman at DAV College, Sector 10, and son of a BJP leader, booked on charges of extorting money from school children under the guise of a protection racket.

Lubana, at present lodged in Burail jail, had moved the bail application, claiming that he had been falsely implicated to spoil the name of his father, a political leader, and chairman of the Market Committee, Chandigarh. He had alleged that he was the victim of a political frame-up and had been victimised for raising public grievances.

"I am a college student and have nothing to do with the case," his bail plea said.

The police had contested the bail plea and submitted that the accused used to threaten children and bail could hamper the probe.

In January, the operations cell of the police arrested - Rattan Lubana, 22, ABVP chairman at DAV College, Sector 10, and son of a BJP leader; Amitoz Singh, 26, whose late father was a sub-inspector in the Punjab police; and Rajveer Singh, 24, son of a UT police constable for reportedly running a 'protection racket' for school students and then extorting money.

The children, most of them in Classes 9 or 10 and from well-to-do families, are from Strawberry Fields High School and St John's High School in Sector 26, Vivek High School in Sector 38, and Delhi Public School, Sector 40.

Interrogation has revealed that as the students started using their "services" against other "rich brats", the trio gradually began taking money from them and asked for favours such as using luxury cars belonging to their parents. They reportedly threatened and harassed at least 29 school-goers in the past four months alone."

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