Trouble doesn't seem to end for SAD leader and senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia. Within a month's period, he has been nailed by the judiciary.
A local court had summoned Bhatia, former joint commissioner of Municipal Corporation Rahul Gupta, former municipal town planner Hemant Batra, former assistant town planner Dharam Pal, inspector Rajeev Rishi and three others to appear before court on November 15.
The court had instructed all the accused 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.
The order was made by the court while hearing on the petition filed by Shiv Jyoti Sarup, owner of M/s Oriental Tools Corporation, situated in Basti Guzan locality alleging 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.
"From the oral evidences given by the complainant, it is established on the file that the accused illegally trespassed into the property of complainant and demolished the portion of the property using ditch machine owned by MC without any authority. All the accused armed with deadly weapons also threatened the complainant of dire consequences.
During this illegal process, sewerage and water connection of the premises were also broken. Accused also broke open the doors of complainant's business establishment and removed the iron gates by using welding arcs, also took away hand tools and finished goods lying in the stock," read the order.
The order further read, "This court is of the view that all the accused persons have exceeded their powers because they had no authority to do so. Therefore there are sufficient reasons to summon the accused before the court."
Three scrap dealers Ashok, Bhatti and Sanjay were also made accused by the complainant.
Earlier too, on September 10, the court of additional district and sessions judge Gurnam Singh framed charges against Bhatia and former deputy mayor Parvesh Tangri for allegedly using abusive language against then Maqsoodan SHO Surinder Pal on November 22, 2008.
In the past, Bhatia was also sentenced to three-year rigorous imprisonment on a complaint lodged by a senior IAS officer Krishan Kumar.