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Jet Airways official arrested for allegedly grabbing govt land in Ghaziabad

The police action comes in the wake of a case of land grabbing registered against Singh at Sahibabad police station on June 21 by the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 17:16 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Col. (retd) Avneet Singh Bedi had allegedly grabbed land under Sahibabad police station area.
Col. (retd) Avneet Singh Bedi had allegedly grabbed land under Sahibabad police station area.(ANI Photo)

A senior Jet Airways staffer was arrested on Sunday over allegations that he grabbed land in Ghaziabad, according to police.

Avneet Singh Bedi, a former army officer who is identified as the vice president of security on Jet Airways website, was picked up from his Panchsheel Park residence by Ghaziabad police at 12:35am.

“The land is worth crores of rupees and allegedly encroached by Bedi. He has been formally arrested and is being questioned,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city), Ghaziabad.

Bedi’s family refuted the allegations and said the land was bought in 1959 and was in the name of Bedi’s mother.

“We have the entire land documents in her name and allegation of land grabbing is baseless and false. In fact, it is suspected to be a conspiracy, engineered by an ex-employee who was posted at Lucknow airport and is well connected, politically. My husband arrived around 8.45pm on Saturday from Mumbai and was sleeping when a Ghaziabad police team of nine personnel arrived and barged inside our bedroom. They later took him away and did not allow us to speak to him,” said Guneet Bedi, Col Bedi’s wife.

Accusing police of using disproportional amount of force, she said the entire family had been named in the FIR. “From the timing of the arrest late night, it is made out that they were well informed about my husband’s time of arrival from Mumbai. The matter is civil in nature but police acted as if it is some heinous crime case. We will resort to legal recourse to get him released,” she added.

Allegations against Bedi were made in an FIR lodged by a senior officer of Ghaziabad municipal corporation on June 21. It names five members of Bedi’s family and six other individuals.

Bedi has a corporate and military experience of more than 40 years and his last assignment before Jet Airways was as senior vice president of Walmart India Limited.

Jet Airways refused to comment on the issue saying, “The airline does not comment on matters that are entirely personal in nature.”

Ghaziabad municipal officials said they carried out physical inspection of the “encroached” land at Chikambarpur near the Delhi border on May 30 and found that 532 square metres of land was allegedly grabbed by Bedi and his relatives and rented out to a logistics company.

Officials have been taking up inspections and filing cases against alleged land-grabbers on the directions of the UP state government.

The ‘anti-land mafia’ task force constituted by Yogi Adityanath government after it assumed power.