In a development that is set to damage the political career of senior deputy mayor and senior SAD leader Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia, the district and sessions court on Thursday dismissed his appeal against sentence of two years imprisonment and a fine of `500 announced by then court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Manoj Kumar Singla on October 10, 2010.
He was booked under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on then joint commissioner Krishan Kumar's complaint that the accused had tried to attack him while he was supervising the demolition of encroachments on the 120-ft road, including the road around the Lucky Palace.
On December 29, 2000, Kumar, a 1997 batch IAS officer who was the then Joint commissioner of Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar (MCJ) and is now the chairman of agricultural and processed food products export development authority that comes under union ministry of commerce and industry, along with then DSP Chanchal Singh, MTP PK Garg, assistant commissioner DP Bhardwaj were outside Lucky Palace when Bhatia, who was then the municipal councillor from ward number- 44 (now ward-45), had obstructed their work.
In the complaint, Kumar alleged that Bhatia had caught hold of his shirt and threatened to cause damage to his family. After conviction by a lower court, Bhatia had applied for bail, which was granted and had filed an appeal in the court against the sentence.
The Lucky Palace comes under ward of Bhatia and is being owned by his supporters.
After his appeal was rejected on Thursday afternoon, the senior mayor was immediately taken into custody by cops and lodged in Bakshikhana in the court complex.
Around 5.15 pm, he was moved to Kapurthala jail in prison van along with other criminals.
His supporters gathered outside Bakshikhana and were found requesting the cops to let them talk to him. The senior mayor looked very quiet and did not speak any word when mediapersons tried to talk with him. The cops even closed the window panes of prison van when photojournalists were trying to click his pictures.
Thursday's development is also being seen as an opportunity for SAD leader's opponents as latter has been critical of sitting mayor Sunil Jyoti.
Bhatia along with former deputy mayor Parvesh Tangri were charged for allegedly using abusive language against then Maqsoodan SHO Surinder Pal on November 22, 2008.
They were framed under sections 3 (1) (x) of SC, ST Act, 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation). SHO had filed a complaint into court against Bhatia and Tangri.
In another case, a court had instructed Bhatia, four municipal corporation employees and three scrap dealers to face a trial on the petition that Shiv Jyoti Sarup, owner of M/s Oriental Tools Corporation, situated in Basti Guzan locality who had alleged that on Sept 22, 2010, Bhatia had illegally got portion of his premises raised using MC machinery without issuing mandatory notice under section 269 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1976.
They were ordered to face trial for offences punishable under sections 452(trespassing), 166 (public servant disobeying the law), 167 (public servant framing incorrect document), 427 (mischief), 382(theft made after preparation), 511(offences punishable up to life imprisonment), 411(dishonestly receiving stolen properties), 414 (assisting in concealing stolen property), 201(causing disappearance of evidences), 506(criminal intimidation), 148(rioting armed with deadly weapons), 149(unlawful assembly) and 120-B(criminal conspiracy) of Indian penal code.