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Ghaziabad: Hearing on bail plea of Jet Airways staffer accused of land grab deferred

The FIR had named Col (retired) Avneet SIngh Bedi, his father, mother, wife and son apart from six other private persons.

noida Updated: Jul 03, 2017 22:44 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
Panchsheel Park,Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad,Land grabbing
The Ghaziabad Police on Sunday arrested a senior official of Jet Airways on charges of grabbing land. His family has refuted allegations saying they bought land in 1959.(Sakib/Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad police on Monday said that it had added more IPC sections of forgery and cheating to the FIR lodged for alleged land grabbing against Jet Airways senior officer, Col Avneet Singh Bedi (retired), and others. The police said that they added the additional sections on June 25 before the retired army officer was arrested from his Panchsheel Park residence on Sunday.

Later, Col Bedi was sent to judicial custody by a Ghaziabad court and his bail plea was to be heard on Monday. However, the court deferred the hearing for Tuesday, his relatives said. The FIR had named Col Bedi, his father, mother, wife and son apart from six other private persons. However, the police have failed to make any arrest apart from Col Bedi, who was arrested at 12.30am on Monday after he reached his Panchsheel Park residence from Mumbai.

“We booked his family as they are the prime occupiers of the land and also sold some part of the plot to other six private persons. They also rented out land to a logistics company. IPC sections of cheating and forgery have also been added to the case. There is a government order of 1994 on the basis of which the land was taken back by the municipal corporation. Our investigating officer will bring up this issue before the court,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).

Col Bedi was arrested following the FIR filed by the Ghaziabad municipal corporation. In the FIR, the corporation said they carried out physical inspection of the “encroached” land at Chikambarpur near Delhi border on May 30 and found that 532 square metres of land was illegally occupied by Bedi and his relatives and rented out to a logistics company.

His wife, Guneet, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts as her mobile remained switched off. However, his relatives denied the allegations and said that the land is in name of his mother who got it in 1959.

“The land was given to her by her father. We have all the documents. This entire case is built at the behest of an ex-employee of the airline, posted at Lucknow airport, who pressurised Bedi for reinstatement but he denied. The man also has political connections and we suspect him to be behind the entire episode,” said a relative who did not wish to be named.

“Now, the police have also come up with new, more stringent, IPC sections and it will be tough for him to get bail. Our lawyers are working on the case . The other members of the family are also worried as they may face arrest after being named in the FIR,” he added.

Bedi has a corporate and military experience of more than 40 years and his last assignment before being hired by Jet Airways was as senior vice president of Walmart India Limited.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 22:40 IST