The Delhi high court on Friday rejected the bail plea of sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, who along with 20 others, is facing trial for the murder of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep in a shoot out in 2012.
“Your application for regular bail is dismissed,” Justice PS Teji said, adding that “the accused Namdhari is on interim bail since November 27 last year”.
The high court also raised questions over a trial court’s decision granting the accused interim bail even though his regular bail application was dismissed by the same court.
Namdhari had sought regular bail on the ground that he was “no more required by investigating agency and no purpose would be served while keeping him in jail with hardened criminals”.
The police had opposed his request saying he was the main accused who had actively participated in the conspiracy.
Ponty and Hardeep, who were allegedly involved in a property dispute, were killed during a shoot out at a Chhattarpur farmhouse on November 17, 2012.
Sukhdev Singh Namdhari was arrested on November 23, 2012, with the other accused being apprehended later.