Notorious gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky, who managed to meet union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde as part of a delegation despite being in the proclaimed offenders' list of the Chandigarh police in the infamous Dimpy murder case and being in the most wanted list of the Fazilka police, surrendered at Fazilka on Monday.
He surrendered in the court of duty magistrate Vaneeta Kumari, judicial magistrate first class, who sent him to judicial custody till November 18.
Rocky faces 17 cases, including that of murder, attempt to murder, extortion, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, illegal confinement and violation of the Arms Act, and his name tops the most wanted list of the Fazilka police.
He was booked on January 24, 2012, for attempt to murder in a case filed by BJP activist Ramesh Kataria, former president of the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, Fazilka, besides under section 365 (attempt to kidnap) on the complaint of BJP activist Rajinder Singh Jamalke, currently chairman, primary agriculture development bank, Fazilka.
In July 2008, Rocky was nabbed by the Chandigarh Crime Branch for the murder of gangster Prabhjinder Singh alias Dimpy. Rocky was an alleged accomplice of Dimpy but later their relations turned sour, according to reports.
A US-made .45 bore pistol, suspected to have been used for killing Dimpy on July 7, 2006, near Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, along with two magazines and seven cartridges, was reportedly recovered from him. Rocky was later released on bail.
On August 29, 2012, the additional sessions court, Chandigarh, declared him a proclaimed offender after he failed to appear for hearings in July and August.
Rocky had been avoiding arrest, hence the Fazilka court had issued bailable warrants, followed by the non-bailable ones, but Rocky did not appear in the court.
On April 29 this year, Rocky, who had given a tough fight to Fazilka MLA and health minister Surjit Jyani in the assembly polls (Jyani had won by 1,600 votes), made headlines when he met union home minister Shinde as part of a Punjab Congress delegation that included MPs Ravneet Singh Bittu and Mohinder Singh Kaypee and MLA Raj Kumar Verka.
An official, on condition of anonymity, said that instead of surrendering before Chandigarh police, Rocky deliberately "surrendered" in Punjab as he had "close political contacts" in the state which might help him while he was behind bars.
He enjoyed the support of a section of the ruling alliance as an independent candidate during the assembly polls despite warnings by SAD president Sukhbir Badal against this.
It is learnt that Rocky has surrendered to escape conviction beyond two years, which would debar him from contesting polls.