BJP councillor remanded to two-day police custody
BJP councillor, Prabhjit Singh Rataul, who was arrested on Saturday in connection with the assault on local advocate Vineet Mahajan and his brother Aneesh on May 10, was on Sunday remanded to two-day police custody.punjab Updated: Jun 01, 2014 23:19 IST
BJP councillor, Prabhjit Singh Rataul, who was arrested on Saturday in connection with the assault on local advocate Vineet Mahajan and his brother Aneesh on May 10, was on Sunday remanded to two-day police custody.
Police on Sunday produced Rataul before a duty magistrate here, who remanded him to police in two-day custody. Though police have sought four-day custody of the councilor.
Rataul, a close associate of former Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi, was on run since the attack on the Mahajans.
So far, 10 persons have been arrested in this connection, while the SSOC has named 11 in the case.
In his statement to police, Vineet Mahajan had claimed that he had recognised Ratual among his attackers.
Even as police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh claimed that Rataul was not present at the place of attack, the councillor was booked under 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian penal Code (IPC), while others were booked on charge of attempt to murder.
A special investigation team (SIT) - formed on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court - has been looking into the case.
In its interim report submitted to the court on May 21, the SIT had assured the court that investigations into the case would be concluded within a month.
The SIT is also looking into an attempt to murder case involving another advocate Sandeep Gorsi and a Congress councillor Gurinder Singh Rishi.
Gorsi claimed that the case was "false and registered at the instance of Joshi".
Vineet Mahajan in his statement had alleged that Joshi was behind the attack on them.
Both the advocates have dragged Joshi to the court in four cases, including a dual vote case involving the minister and eight of his relatives.