In a major setback to the city police, a local court on Wednesday dismissed the discharge application of Dr Vishal Bhanot (45) of Urban Estate, Phase-2, who was arrested on charges of child trafficking by city police after a sting operation conducted with the help of an NGO on July 15.
The city police in its re-investigation had given clean chit to Bhanot and had submitted an application to discharge him from the case two days ago but on Wednesday, the court refused to accept the report.
Hence, Dr Bhanot will have to remain in jail till relief from the high court.
After Bhanot’s arrest on July 15, a panel of National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) and his wife had submitted separate applications of re-inquiry into the case after the city police declared him innocent.
As per the reinvestigation, the police had conceded that Dr Bhanot has no role in the racket and was reportedly going to meet Dr Ramandeep Kaur (29) of Banga’s Patti Matt Wali village when the sting was conducted.
Kaur had also recorded the same revelations during the reinvestigation before the police team.
As per the police, Bhanot and Kaur were well-known to each other but he did not know about any wrongdoing.
In mid-September, the police had filed a chargesheet against Bhanot, Kaur and Dr Reena including 10 persons.
Apart from them, Seema alias Seeta of Vazir Bhular village in Beas, Harjinder Kaur alias Pooja of Sangat Singh Nagar Kapurthala, Asha alias Sheela of Madhuban Colony and her husband Brij Mohan Jyoti of Chuheki village in Nurmahal, Manpreet of Brahmana Majra village in Fatehgarh Sahib and Kuldeep Kaur Pradhan of Arjun Nagar were also reportedly involved in the case.
Now the next hearing of this case is pending on October 16 this year.