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Suspended cop booked for extortion, theft

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 28, 2013
First Published: 23:11 IST(28/4/2013) | Last Updated: 23:13 IST(28/4/2013)

The police have registered a case of extortion, theft and criminal intimidation against suspended inspector Amanjot Singh (39) on a complaint lodged by a city property dealer.

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The case has been registered under Sections 380, 384 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Sector-19 police station. The controversial inspector has not been arrested so far. As per rules, it is the discretion of police to decide when to arrest the accused.

Amanjot is under suspension since October 2012 allegedly for insubordination following the directions of the union ministry of home affairs (MHA).

According to police, Amanjot would be arrested only if allegations against him are found true. The case is being investigated under the supervision of the UT SSP, while an inquiry will be marked to a DSP-level officer to look into the entire incident.

Meanwhile, Amanjot has recorded his statement with police.

The police have also decided to write to the UT vigilance department, Income Tax department and enforcement directorate to probe the case at their end. The police will also explore the possibility of involvement of black money and hawala transactions in the case.

The UT IGP, RP Upadhyaya, said, "As a case has already been registered, detailed investigation will be done to bring out the truth."

The allegations
In the first-information report (FIR), Harish, a resident of Sector 18, had reported that he along with his partner, Surdershan Kumar Khaneja, had borrowed Rs. 1 crore at an interest rate of 7% per month from Amanjot through Vijay Sharma, a resident of Sector 20.

The complainant had taken money from the accused in installments. The money was either collected from the Sector-33 residence of Amanjot or from Vijay Sharma's residence. The latter used to look into "financing business" of Amanjot.

Harish claimed that he had returned the entire amount to Amanjot except Rs. 10 lakh.

According to the FIR, Harish alleged that around four months ago, Amanjot Singh came to their shop and started abusing and threatening them of dire consequences if they failed to return the remaining amount. He allegedly forcibly took away Rs. 3 lakh from the cash box.

On Saturday, Amanjot again called up Harish, asking him to return the balance amount. Amanjot came to their shop around 6.15pm and started abusing and threatening Harish while Surdershan was at home. Amanjot asked Harish to return his money. When he expressed inability and requested for some more time, Amanjot allegedly pulled down the shutter of the shop and took the keys after locking it.

Who is Vijay Sharma
Vijay Sharma reportedly takes care of "financing business" of Amanjot. Vijay has a shop in Sector 30 and he lends and collects money on behalf of Amanjot. According to sources, Amanjot has given loan worth several crores of rupees to city businessmen on hefty interest rate.

Questions are being raised on sources from where Amanjot, who is known for his lavish lifestyle, has been able to generate so much money in his short tenure in police.

Under loss, realtors borrowed money from cop
Owing to slump in the property market, the property dealers had to take loan from Amanjot. They invested the entire amount on different properties in tricity. However, they suffered heavy losses.

Visharad Khaneja, son of Surdershan, said they failed to recover money due to slump in the market and he claimed that despite running into heavy losses, they had returned most of the loan amount. "We were just requesting for some more grace period," he said.

Visharad alleged that Amanjot is now putting pressure on them for a compromise. "We have been receiving calls, asking us to settle the case," alleged Visharad.

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