The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday dismissed the plea of sacked Uttarakhand minority commission ex-chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, seeking interim bail in the 2012 Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep shootout case.
Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep, who were allegedly involved in a property dispute, were killed in a shootout at a Chhattarpur farmhouse on November 17, 2012. Subsequently Namdhari was arrested on November 23, 2012. Later, the remaining accused were apprehended.
Ponty Chadha shootout case: SC dismisses interim bail plea of Uttarakhand Minority Commission ex-chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari.
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The trial court in July last year had framed charges under section 302 (murder) read with section 149 (offence committed by member of unlawful assembly) of the IPC against all the 21 accused, including Namdhari and his Personal Security Officer (PSO) Sachin Tyagi.
On January 28, 2014, the trial court had dropped murder charges against all the accused and added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting murder under section 304 of IPC against the alleged main conspirator Namdhari and his PSO Sachin Tyagi.
On May 15 last year, on the plea of police, Delhi High Court had overturned the trial court’s decision and directed framing of murder charges against all the 21 accused. The apex court had also upheld the high court’s decision.