A day after three people, including a former inspector, were held for planting drugs and fake currency in an accountant’s car, the UT Police claim to have unearthed the conspiracy. Narinder Singh, from Ludhiana, has emerged as the prime suspect with his lawyer Jatin Salwan and former UT cop Rana emerging as accomplices.
They planned to implicate Sukhbir Singh Shergill, the owner of SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research, Phase 7, SAS Nagar, in a false case. Narinder’s property dispute with Shergill was the motive.
The police used mobile locations of the three accused to crack the case and claim that `20 lakh exchanged hands. The department has also written to the Canadian embassy to get the details of a Canada-based mobile number used in the conspiracy.
Narinder Singh, a native of Ludhiana, planned the set-up where 2.6kg opium and Rs 15 lakh in fake currency was to handed over to Shergill just before the police would arrest him.
He also arranged for a man named Bansal, a purported former employee with Punjab Infotech, who called Shergill from Canada to convince him to come at a particular spot.
On June 15, Narinder called up the HC lawyer Salwan who ‘arranged’ for a former UT inspector to act as an ‘informer’ for the police.
Call records show that the lawyer and the cop were in touch since June 2. Rana had given the false tip-off of drugs and fake currency being carried to UT police crime branch inspector Gurmukh Singh and got Bhagwan Singh, who went to collect the packet instead of Shergill, arrested.
The arrests were carried out by a team from the Maloya police station under SHO Ram Rattan Sharma.
Nailing the lie
Maloya SHO Sharma set up a naka after he received a call from a Canadian number +1 (204) 400-0940 with the caller giving him details of the car carrying the contraband.
Rana was quizzed on the source of his information and he named a car thief Kuldeep, who he claimed had given him the information on June 16 at 9am. However, call details showed that Rana and the lawyer had exchanged calls that day too.
Rana recorded his statement under Section 164 (confessional statement) of the CrPC.
Police have now procured three-day remand of the lawyer and Narinder to trace the source of the opium and the fake currency.