Punjab: Suspended IG Cheema now seeks bail in molestation case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2014 22:28 IST

Suspended Punjab inspector general of police Gautam Cheema again moved the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday to seek anticipatory bail in the molestation and trespass case registered against him at Mataur in SAS Nagar district on September 2.

The petition came up before the court led by justice Jitendra Chauhan, which put it in the supplementary list and posted it for hearing on Thursday (October 16). On September 29, the SAS Nagar additional district and sessions judge had denied Cheema bail in the case.

Hearing another petition filed by Cheema on Monday, justice Chauhan had put a stay on his arrest in a case registered against the officer and other men at SAS Nagar on August 30 for kidnapping a proclaimed offender (PO), Sumedh Gulati, from the police station. The judge had directed him to join investigation on October 17 at the police station concerned.

On September 2, the SAS Nagar police had registered a second case against Cheema; Ajay Chaudhary, suspended chief executive officer of Ambala Cantonment Board; and Rashmi Negi on complaint of Kricpy Khera, wife of alleged conman Davinder Singh Gill. This case was registered under the Arms Act and Sections 354 (outraging modesty), 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (causing hurt voluntarily), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kricpy Khera had alleged that around 10.30pm on March 20, a drunken Cheema had barged into her house at Sector 70, SAS Nagar, with his commandos and two associates (Chaudhary and Negi), locked her husband in a room at gunpoint, and when she had called the police, he had turned them back, saying it was a family matter. She has alleged that Cheema then molested her.

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