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Rs 14-cr ‘stage-managed’ loot: Forever Diamonds owner seeks pre-arrest bail, brother on run

Vinod Verma, the co-owner of jewellery showroom Forever Diamonds in Sector 17, on Monday applied for anticipatory bail in a local court.

punjab Updated: May 10, 2016 12:03 IST
HT Correspondent
Forever Diamonds

The loot made headlines on May 1 when owners of the showroom claimed that two men and a woman, all in their 20s, took them at gunpoint and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 14.08 crore.(HT Photo)

Vinod Verma, the co-owner of jewellery showroom Forever Diamonds in Sector 17, on Monday applied for anticipatory bail in a local court.

A case of cheating was registered against the store owners Rajneesh Verma and Vinod Verma on Saturday for allegedly stage-managing a loot of jewellery valued at Rs 14 crore.

Rs 14-cr robbery staged: Forever Diamonds owners planned to shut business, settle abroad

The police have served a fresh notice on Verma brothers to join the investigations. The case was registered after the store manager, Ajay Kumar, stated before a magistrate that Verma brothers enacted the loot drama to claim insurance.

Vinod in his anticipatory plea has accused the local police of harassing him and his family and pressuring his staff to give statements in a certain manner. He said police were trying to frame them. He has also attached his medical report of a Panchkula private hospital, contending that he fell sick due to the mental harassment being meted out to him by the police.

The Chandigarh Police are waiting for his discharge from the hospital to arrest him. His brother Rajneesh Verma, too, is yet to be arrested.

Police are yet to identify the three people, including a woman, who were allegedly roped in by the Verma brothers to play robbers.

The loot made headlines on May 1 when owners of the showroom claimed that two men and a woman, all in their 20s, took them at gunpoint and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 14.08 crore.

Police said they were gathering evidence against the brothers and raids were on to trace Rajneesh.