Two men wanted for their alleged roles in the killing of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Singh in a shootout in New Delhi, could be declared proclaimed offenders by a Delhi court if they fail to appear before it.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Raj Kumar Tripathi ordered initiation of proceedings under section 82 of the Code of Criminal Proceedings (CrPC) to declare them proclaimed offenders.
The two, against whom the proceedings were ordered, are Premveer and Inderpal, who are private security guards of Ponty's brother Rajender Chadha and are natives of Uttar Pradesh.
Under section 82 of the CrPC, if the court has a reason to believe that the accused is absconding or concealing himself, it orders the prosecution to publish a notice about the accused or publicly announce or affix information about them near their house or public places for making them appear in the court.
If the accused still fails to turn up, they are declared proclaimed offenders.
The judge said since the NBWs issued against them for today could not be executed at their given addresses, he was satisfied that a case has been made out to initiate the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders.
"Investigating officer with the case file has submitted that NBWs could not be executed against the accused persons as they are hiding themselves and evading the proceedings.
"Accordingly, process under section 82 CrPC be issued against accused (Premveer and Inderpal) persons. Proclamation be also published in two leading newspapers...,"the judge said.
Meanwhile, the court today extended till May 9 the judicial custody of seven accused named in a charge sheet for their alleged roles in the killing of Ponty and Hardeep.
Ponty and Hardeep, who had a property dispute, were killed in a shootout at their Chattarpur farmhouse in South Delhi on November 17, 2012.
Satnam Singh, Balkar Singh, Baaj Singh, Pargat Singh, Kulbir Singh, Bakshish Singh and Hardayal Singh were named in the charge sheet along with sacked Uttarakhand minorities panel chief S S Namdhari and 13 others for the killings in Ponty Chadha's farmhouse in south Delhi on November 17, 2012.
After remaining absconding for over three months, the seven men, all allegedly belonging to Namdhari's group, had surrendered on March 7.
Besides Namdhari and his personal security officer Sachin Tyagi, the police had on February 16 named 20 others, including Ponty Chadha, in the charge sheet for offences ranging from attempt to murder, causing grievous harm, dacoity, rioting with deadly weapons, house trespass, kidnapping and illegally confining occupants of the farm house and destruction of evidence.
All the 22 accused have been charged with criminal conspiracy, common intention and those under the Arms Act.
The charge sheet named Ponty as an accused as he had reached the farmhouse in pursuance of his "well-hatched conspiracy" with Namdhari and others to take over the possession of the disputed property which was under Hardeep's custody.
Out of the 22, proceedings against Ponty stands abated as he was killed in the shootout.