A local Budhlada court on Friday sent Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leader Kalyan Singh and his cousin Gurpreet Singh to police remand for a day in connection with a trader’s kidnapping case.
Trader Chiman Lal was kidnapped in August and released 17 days later reportedly after his family paid a ransom of Rs 1 crore. The police had arrested the accused duo on Thursday and recovered about Rs 54 lakh from them.
Kalyan, general secretary of YAD, is the son of SGPC member Sukhchain Singh Dharampura.
Chiman, who voluntarily attended the court proceedings, alleged that he was being asked to show evidence of the ransom paid by his family. “I am seeking justice from the court. Even in this situation, the court has asked me to submit the income tax returns receipts of everyone who helped my family in arranging the money that was paid as ransom,” Chiman said in the court.
Accused had shared stage with dy CM
Accused Kalyan was facing four cases when he reportedly shared stage with deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Local SAD leaders said Sukhbir and Harsimrat were not aware of Kalyan’s criminal past.