A district court here on Saturday sent Umedh Singh, accused of making a threatening call to IAS officer Ashok Khemka's office, to three-day police custody.
On October 30, the Haryana Seeds Corporation's (HSDC) office had received a call on a landline phone. The operator said the caller used abusive language and issued a threat to Khemka. She then informed senior officers, after which a complaint was registered at a police station in Sector 5 here.
The Panchkula police sought Singh's remand for taking him to Gurgaon for seizing his cell phone from which the alleged threat call was made.
The suspect's counsel, Amit Dudeja, argued before Singh has not made a threat call to Khemka, who is not posted as the HSDC managing director. "Khemka is seeking political mileage out of the issue," the counsel said.1
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Virender Sangwan, who is the investigating officer of the case, said that the suspect had been booked under Section 66 A (sending offensive messages through communication device) of the Information Technology Act in addition to sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and Section 509 (using words intended to insult modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The ACP said they would check the service record of the suspect, whom Khemka dismissed from service from the housing board in 2006.
On the other hand, the public prosecutor submitted that the suspect had made a disclosure statement.
Khemka had recently ordered the cancellation of mutation of 3.5 acre in Gurgaon belonging to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in his capacity as working as director general (land consolidation)-cum-inspector general (registration). He was then transferred as the HSDC managing director.
Who is Umedh Singh
Umedh Singh was head draftsman at the housing board, Haryana. Following a clash with an executive engineer in 2006, Khemka, who was then the chief administrator at the housing board, dismissed Singh from service. At present, Singh along with his son is working as a property dealer in Gurgaon. A numbers of employees were dismissed along with him for different reasons from the housing board.
What transpired during the call
As per FIR, on October 30 at about 3:50 pm the call was made from phone number 9711100522 at Managing Director cell at Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC), Sector 2, Panchkula. The number is registered in the name of Ashish, son of Umedh Singh.
Aarti Gogna, receptionist-cum-telephone attendant who was on duty, picked up the call. She told the police that the caller said that Khemka was a black spot on the name of IAS officer. He added that he would not be allowed to live in Haryana and today it was his last evening. He said that by 4 pm Khemka would get his suspension order and told Gogna that the IAS officer would not allow them to live peacefully too.
She asked him why he was using such a language about Khemka and asked about his identity. The caller then allegedly started abusing her and told her to mind her business. She cut the call and told Khemka about the incident.
A complaint was given by KR Sharma, chief manager, HSDC on behalf of Khemka. On November 1 the FIR was registered.
On Friday, Singh was arrested as he was using the mobile number. He was brought from Gurgaon and after interrogation he was arrested.