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Trouble brews for Punjabi singer Parmish for paying Rs 20 lakh to gangster Dilpreet through hawala

If proved, the gangster’s revelations may lead to the singer losing his security provided by Mohali Police.

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2018 20:26 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Punjabi singer Parmish Verma
Punjabi singer Parmish Verma (HT File )

Claims of gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan alias Baba of Punjabi singer Parmish Verma paying him Rs 20 lakh through hawala as protection money has put the singer in a spot.

If proved, the gangster’s revelations may lead to the singer losing his security provided by Mohali Police.

Soon to be seen in the Punjabi remake of “Singham”, Parmish, 32, was provided two security personnel of the Punjab Police following alleged extortion calls and firing at him and his friend Kulwant Singh Chahal in April this year.

Dilpreet, named as accused in 30 cases of murder, extortion, dacoity and robbery, and also accused of peddling drugs, is presently in custody of the Mohali Police for seven days. During his questioning, he told the police that Parmish paid him Rs 20 lakh.

“Investigation so far has confirmed that protection money was paid. If the allegations of paying money through hawala are established, the singer will face action and also lose his security cover,” said a senior official of the Mohali police.

Dilpreet’s aide Gaurav Patiala alias Lucky, a resident of Khuda Lahora, had collected the protection money at Delhi to dodge financial watchdogs. According to police sources, Dilpreet and his gang got Rs 10 lakh of the amount, while the remaining was retained by a person in the US through whom the money was routed.

“With Dilpreet in our custody we will be able to get clarity on the issue. We will question Dilpreet not just with regards to the Parmish Verma case, but also on how many other people he had made extortion calls to, and who till now had not approached the police,” said Kuldeep Singh Chahal, senior superintendent of police, Mohali.

Dilpreet and his aides had fired at Parmish and Kulwant in Sector 74 when they were on their way to Parmish’s house in Sector 91, Mohali, in his black Toyota Fortuner. A case was registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including attempt to murder, and under the Arms Act at the Phase 1 police station, Mohali.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 09:57 IST

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