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Patiala SAD unit press secretaryarrested on charges of extortion
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Patiala, November 19, 2013
First Published: 23:32 IST(19/11/2013)
Last Updated: 23:42 IST(19/11/2013)

Much to the embarrassment of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership, party's Patiala unit press secretary Sukhjit Singh Baghora was arrested by police alleged on Tuesday for extortion and threatening a woman.

SHO at the Tripari police station Shaminder Singh said complainant Satpal Kaur alleged there was a rift between her son Harcharanvir Singh and daughter-in-law Balwinder Kaur over some issue for past many months.

Balwinder had also slapped a case against Satpal for compensation, as she was living separately in a rented accommodation, said police.

The SHO said in the meantime, the accused, Sukhjit, tried to act as middleman and offered complainant to execute reconciliation between her son and daughter-in-law.

“Sukhjit demanded `10,000 for reconciling them following which he started pressurising me to stick with his deal. When I refused, he barged into my house, assaulted me, and threatened me of dire consequences,” Satpal said.

The accused Sukhjit is purportedly a protégé of rural and panchayat development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra.

A case against Sukhjit has been registered under Sections 323 (punishment for causing injuries voluntarily), 384 (punishment for extortion), 451 (house-trespass in order to commit offence) and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) act.

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