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Charges framed against Chandigarh theatre artist Channi, son for assaulting cops

Both the father-son duo had pushed a constable and abused other cops on duty in an inebriated condition.

punjab Updated: Jul 31, 2018 11:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Theatre artiste Gurcharan Singh Channi
Theatre artiste Gurcharan Singh Channi(HT File )

A local court on Monday framed charges against city-based theatre artiste Gurcharan Singh Channi, 67, and his son Gyan Dev Singh, 38, for allegedly assaulting cops in an inebriated condition at a naka in September 2016.

A recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s national award for community theatre, Channi is an alumnus of Panjab University’s department of Indian theatre and has twice served as the chairman of Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi (1999-2007 and 2013-15).

The court of chief judicial magistrate Akshdeep Mahajan has framed charges against his son and him under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

If convicted, they face up to three years imprisonment.

As the chief judicial magistrate read out the charges against the theatre artiste and his son, Channi broke down and pleaded the court to let him off claiming innocence and citing his old age. However, the court replied that if he is innocent, he should face trial and prove it. The trial begins on October 23.

What transpired

The matter dates back to September 21, 2016, when police stopped a Toyota Innova being driven by Gyan Dev at a naka to check drunk driving at the Sector 16/17 light point. Channi was sitting next to him.

The two, according to the police, sat on the road when Gyan Dev was asked to blow into the alcometer. The reading had allegedly come out to be 95.5mg, well above the permissible limit of 30.

According to the chargesheet, Gyan Dev pushed a constable and argued and abused other Chandigarh cops on duty. Channi too supported him in all this, the police complaint stated.

The two allegedly refused to sign and receive the challan slip and the ruckus continued for an hour. They later even tried to drive away in the car, which had been impounded. They finally hired a cab. Police videographed the whole incident.