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Cheating case: Court not to discharge Mehndi

The case relates to allegations of cheating a man of lakhs of rupees after promising to send him abroad.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2006 19:34 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A local court on Wednesday rejected a plea by Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi to be discharged in a case relating to allegations of cheating a man of lakhsof rupees after promising to send him abroad as part of his troupe.

The court of judicial magistrate Rajinder Singh, where Mehndi appeared in compliance with summons issued to him on August 30, dismissed his counsel's argument on the grounds that two discharge petitions filed by police in this regard had already been rejected.

The court also ordered the prosecution to make available copies of the challan (primary investigation report) after the defence counsel sought them.

The case would now be taken up for further hearing on October 30.

The complainant Bakshish Singh was present in the court during the proceedings on Wednesday. He has alleged that Mehndi and his brother Shamsher had taken lakhs of rupees after promising to send him abroad as a member of his troupe.

A case against the Mehndi brothers and some associates under various sections of the IPC was registered by Patiala police in 2003.

Several other complaints had also cropped up against the brothers following the registration of the case.

Speaking to the media later, Mehndi's counsels NK Jha and BS Sodhi said they had decided to challenge the dismissal of the discharge petitions in an upper court.

The first discharge petition by police was filed in February this year in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate PS Dhanoa saying Mehndi had been found innocent in the case.

Rejecting this plea, the court, in its 15-page verdict, had instead held that there was sufficient evidence on the judicial file against Mehndi and the police should go ahead with his prosecution.

Following this, another discharge petition was moved by police in the court of judicial magistrate Rajwinder Singh, who dismissed it and directed the police to investigate the case further and file a supplementary challan against Mehndi.

First Published: Oct 11, 2006 19:34 IST