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Forever Diamonds co-owner seeks anticipatory bail in fake heist case

Co-owner of jewellery showroom Forever Diamonds in Sector 17 Rajnish Verma, who is accused of faking a loot, submitted his anticipatory bail in a local court on Thursday.

punjab Updated: May 20, 2016 13:18 IST
HT Correspondent
The alleged dacoity made headlines on May 1 when owners of the showroom claimed that two men and a woman, all in their 20s, looted their shop worth Rs 14.08 crore in diamond and gold ornaments after locking them in a room at gunpoint in broad daylight.
The alleged dacoity made headlines on May 1 when owners of the showroom claimed that two men and a woman, all in their 20s, looted their shop worth Rs 14.08 crore in diamond and gold ornaments after locking them in a room at gunpoint in broad daylight.(HT Photo)

Co-owner of jewellery showroom Forever Diamonds in Sector 17 Rajnish Verma, who is accused of faking a loot, submitted his anticipatory bail in a local court on Thursday.

The alleged dacoity made headlines on May 1 when owners of the showroom claimed that two men and a woman, all in their 20s, looted their shop worth Rs 14.08 crore in diamond and gold ornaments after locking them in a room at gunpoint in broad daylight.

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A case of cheating was registered against the owners of Forever Diamonds, Rajnish Verma and his brother Vinod on May 7. Vinod was, however, arrested on May 10.

Rajnish in its anticipatory plea pleaded that since he was under trauma after the robbery incident. He blamed the police, saying they turned hostile towards him and harassed his family because he was vocal against the officials.

“It appears that on account of the said animus and also on account of their inability to crack the case, police officials started threatening me and my family members and are implicating in a false case,” Rajnish stated in his bail application.

He also accused the police of pressurising his staff to give false confession that the jewellery had not been looted from his shop.

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He alleged that police illegally detained the son and brother-in-law of Vinod without any arrest warrant.

Rajnish also accused police of subjecting Vinod to third-degree torture during the custody, and trying to get his confession of having faked the heist.

He contended that the police raided his house and took into possession articles of jewellery of his family members and projected them as ornaments allegedly hidden by Vinod to fake the heist.

Police had told the court that Hitesh Sharma, proprietor of Sidharth Jewellers, Sector 37-C, revealed that on May 2, Vinod had requested him to prepare a approval voucher/bill and back dating it to April 14 of Rs 2.5 crore.

Rajnish seeking his anticipatory bail averred that Hitesh apparently appears to be under police threat.

“Even the said statement is taken on face value... then at most it can be a case of alleged forgery by Hitesh Arora and same cannot be attributed either to him or his brother,” Rajnish said.

Seeking relief from the court, he claimed that despite being a victim himself, he was falsely implicated as an accused, and claimed to join and co-operate with the investigating agency.