‘St John’s students introduced accused to others at parties’

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2015 14:39 IST

In the protection money racket unearthed by the UT police in January, the recorded statements of students in the police chargesheet have revealed that some ‘rich brats’ of St John’s High School had provided the accused a platform to get close to other students by inviting them for birthday parties of Class-9 students.

Now, questions are being raised whether those students of Saint John’s High School, Sector 26, who helped the accused in extorting money were the ‘victims’ or a part of the gang.

Rattan Labana, chairman, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Amitoz Singh, whose late father was in the Punjab Police, and Rajveer Singh, son of a UT police constable, were arrested by the operations cell of the UT police on January 16 after St John’s High School principal Kavita C Das had lodged a complaint. Though the challan was issued against the three accused, no action was taken against the schoolstudents who were part of the case. As per the police challan, 36 witnesses were examined, of which 16 were students.

Most of the students during the probe had said that Amitoz and Rajveer were introduced to them by their classmates during the birthday parties of the school students held at different hotels of the city. Amitoz had introduced himself to a Class-9 student, son of a Panchkula-based realtor, when the student was clicking pictures of his swanky car, Jaguar (CH-01-AU-0080), at a helipad in front of the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s house in Sector 2, in October last.

Amitoz befriended his driver and later became friends with the student. That’s how the accused entered in the high-end school where students, who sought their protection, had taken them for birthday parties. According to sources, they were used by these students to settle scores against their classmates.

As their circle grew bigger, they started threatening others to pay them for protection. The police investigation revealed that those who enjoyed close proximity with the accused had also brought them to the school parking lot, and used the place to develop relations with other students.

A Class-9 student said he had seen them in a swanky car on the sports day of the school, wherein other students were introduced to the accused.

With Section 66A gone, case to get affected

The case was registered against all the accused under Sections 392, 34 and the 66-A of the IT Act. But now with the court scrapping the law, the case is certainly going to be affected as all evidences were sought from social networking site Facebook.

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