Pradipt Chaudhry, one of the key accused wanted by the Punjab police in illegal manufacturing of banned drugs, is not new to controversy in Karnal.
A Punjab police party had raided two factories allegedly run by Pradipt and his father Prithi Singh Chaudhary at Rishi Nagar locality of the city. The police claimed to have recovered 180 kg of banned Paravan Spas and other drugs. These banned drugs were manufactured illegally on the large premises of a pharmaceutical unit.
The accused are on run and Pradipt is involved in at least two cases, including one filed by the local police.
Having close ties with several politically well-connected families, Pradipt Chaudhary was convicted in August this year by a local court for illegally selling plots in the city.
He and other convicts had filed a review petition in the local sessions court.
In his judgment passed on August 14 (HT has a copy), chief judicial magistrate Amit Kumar Garg had held Pradipt and four others from Ahmadpur village of Kaithal district guilty of selling residential and commercial plots without obtaining clearance from the director of town and country planning department.
Other accused Shamsher Singh, Sher Singh, Baljit Singh and Ranjit Singh are maternal uncles of Pradipt’s wife.
Pradipt had general power of attorney of the land measuring 38 bigha and 10 biswa belonging to the four above-said accused.
The accused had created a Prithi Colony -- named after Praditp’s father, an accused in the NDPS Act case registered by the Punjab police.
Mohar Singh had appeared as a prosecution witness to claim that he had bought a plot of 150 sq yards in the said colony from Pradipt.
Declining pleas of the accused for leniency for not having a criminal past, the Karnal court had said “the convicts are not entitled for concession of probation for the reason that if the convicts are given the benefit of probation, it will give a wrong signal to the society”.
Pradipt and four others were sentenced to two-year simple imprisonment and a fine of `1,000 on each was imposed under Section 10 of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, (for selling land without licence from the town and country planning department).
Pradipt is facing a trial in a case in which he was an attesting witness in a will involving `30 crore of his deceased relative. Parents of the deceased, whose will was allegedly prepared fraudulently, are also accused in the case.
In another case, Pradipt had accused his estranged widow relative of trying to kidnap his son from a local school. However, a police inquiry concluded it as a false case and a case under Sections 182 (false information to a public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person) and 211 (false charge of offence) of the IPC was registered.
In the same case, CJM Amit Garg had issued bailable warrants against Pradipt on September 23 after the notice issued to appear in the court was returned unserved.
If sources in the police authorities of Punjab and Haryana are to be believed, the Chaudharys had blessings of certain influential persons.
Bikramjeet Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Banur police station in Patiala, Punjab, said it was surprising that the illegal units being run from the heart of the city never attracted any attention of the local authorities.
Singh was involved in unearthing the illegal pharmaceutical units in Karnal. “We are investigating who were involved and supporting the illegal business of Chaudharys,” said the SHO.
The family ties
Prithi Singh Chaudhary has strong family ties with those who maintain close links in the corridors of power. One of Prtihi’s close relative is member of a public recruitment panel of Haryana, while another relative is an influential businessman who is known for his close links with the politicians and top police officials of the state.