Chandigarh, January 18
A local court has denied bail to a defendant, Balwinder Kumar, arrested in the alleged Chandigarh police pay scam. While the defendant’s attorney argued in court that he had been falsely implicated in the case, the prosecutor opposed bail.
Police arrested the accused after registering an FIR under Sections 420 and 120-B of the ICC at the Sector 3 Police Station on February 2, 2020.
The FIR was registered on the basis of an investigation, which reportedly revealed that 39 police officers received overpay.
The prosecutor argued that the special auditing team highlighted an alleged embezzlement of more than Rs 1.1 crore. During the investigation, it was found that the claimant, a junior assistant, branch manager, was responsible for verifying the monthly payroll in addition to other work. The investigation into other police officers is ongoing and there are strong concerns that he could tamper with records and convince witnesses, if released on bail.
After hearing the arguments, Dr Rajneesh, Additional Sessions Judge, Chandigarh, said there was nothing in the record to suggest that the lawsuits brought by the plaintiff were bogus.
“The mere presentation of a challan in court does not entitle the applicant to grant bail. The trial has not yet started. Therefore, it is highly likely that, if released on bail, the petitioner will attempt to obstruct the trial in some way. At this point, it is too early to draw any conclusions for bail purposes. Therefore, without delving further into the merits of the case and in view of the serious allegations made against the present claimant, the tribunal is of the opinion that at this stage the claimant is not entitled to the concession of bail,” the court said. —