Ghaziabad land grabbing: Jet Airways official’s bail plea rejected
A court rejected the bail plea of Jet Airways’ head of security in connection with a land grab case lodged by Ghaziabad municipal corporationnoida Updated: Jul 05, 2017 00:19 IST
A Ghaziabad court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of Jet Airways’ head of security, Colonel (retired) Avneet Singh Bedi, who faces allegations of forgery and cheating in connection with a land grabbing case lodged against him by the Ghaziabad municipal corporation on June 21.
Naveen Tyagi, the lawyer who argued for Colonel Bedi on Tuesday, said the bail plea was rejected and they will soon move a higher court with a fresh petition.
“The bail at the court of the chief judicial magistrate was rejected. We will now move another application before the court of the district judge. The police had added sections of forgery and cheating to the FIR. We had contended that no case of cheating or forgery is made out,” Tyagi said.
In his argument, the defence lawyer said that the land in question was not in the name of his client, but that of his mother. He told court that only a case of trespassing was made out against Colonel Bedi and not of forgery and cheating.
However, prosecution lawyer Ram Avtar Gupta told the court that Colonel Bedi’s mother had purchased the land from one Desraj Khurana in 1959 and later had got a power of attorney made, which was also registered, in her son’s name.
“In 1959, she purchased nearly 250 square metres, but the power of attorney was made for around 557 square metres. This land belongs to the corporation, but was later rented out to a transport company. According to a 1994 government order, land belonging to 74 villages, including Chikambarpur, was vested with the corporation,” Gupta told the court.
Colonel Bedi, who had been sent to judicial custody following his arrest on June 2, was also present at the hearing.
The FIR lodged by corporation officials named six private persons and five members of the Bedi family, including his wife, mother, father and son. The corporation claimed that the land belongs to the agency and was ‘grabbed’ by Colonel Bedi and his family.
The retired colonel was arrested by a team of Ghaziabad police from his residence at Panchsheel Park in Delhi and later produced before the Ghaziabad court.
Bedi has a corporate and military experience of more than 40 years. His last assignment before Jet Airways was as senior vice president of Walmart India Limited. His family has denied the allegations against him and said they suspect it to be a conspiracy by a former employee of the airline who had been pressurising Colonel Bedi for reinstatement.
They had also said that they had bought the land in 1959 and have proper documents in their name.