Additional district and sessions judge PP Singh on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail petition filed by three men suspected to have been involved in a Rs. 231-crore fraud case filed by the local police.
The court’s decision came as a setback for a Delhi-based businessman, Raman Uppal, against whom the cops filed a criminal case on June 10 following a complaint lodged by a Ludhiana resident, Narinder Singh. The latter, along with a former Congress MLA who later joined SAD, Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, have been charged in the FIR registered by the Chandigarh police following Uppal’s complaint.
The court also dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former Gurnihal Singh Pirzada, an IAS officer, and Deepinder Singh Dhaliwal, both of who have been delegated power of attorney by Uppal. They had sought anticipatory bail though their names did not figure in the FIR registered against the latter.
Sources in the police said during the investigations they had found Raman had delegated power of attorney to Pirzada and Dhaliwal, who might be involved in the conspiracy.
According to the complaint filed against him, Uppal posed as a promoter-director of a company styled as International Customer Related Management Services Pvt Ltd (ICRMS). In his complaint, Narinder and a director of ICRMS, alleged that Uppal, pretending to be a promoter-director of
ICRMS, fraudulently delegated power of attorney documents to certain persons to act on his behalf. Using one such power of attorney from Uppal, Dhaliwal got the police to file an FIR in 2012 against the firm’s directors; while Pirzada used the power of attorney to gen another FIR registered against Sidhu and others in September 2013 in both cases in Chandigarh.
Dhaliwal and Pirzada were reportedly in league with Uppal to commit the fraud, the police’s investigation report said.
“We’re investigating the case and will proceed further according to the evidence obtained. However, a case against Uppal has been filed under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach) of the IPC,” SAS Nagar SSP Inder Mohan Singh said, adding the accused are still at large.