High Court denies bail in spurious liquor case - ECAS Punjab

High Court denies bail in spurious liquor case

Share This

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 6

Some of the premium liquor that flowed into the glasses may not have been worth raising a toast to. For, the Punjab Police have told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that cheap liquor, filled in empty Scotch bottles, was being sold after fixing fake holograms to make these appear genuine.

The matter was brought to the High Court's notice after Amit Singh Parmar filed a petition for anticipatory bail in the case registered on February 13 at the Jodhan police station in Ludhiana district for cheating, forgery and other offences under Sections 308, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC, besides the provisions of the Punjab Excise Act and Essential Commodities Act.

Appearing before Justice Deepak Sibal's Bench, his counsel submitted a false case had been registered at the behest of his business rivals. He was not arrested from the spot when the police conducted a raid and recovered spurious liquor bottles. Besides, there was nothing to connect the petitioner with the alleged crime. The recovery, if any, was made from the house of one Harpreet Singh, with whom the petitioner had no relationship.

Justice Sibal was told that the state constituted a special investigation team in view of crime's seriousness to conduct further investigation into the matter. The probe revealed that the petitioner was involved in the filling up of cheap liquor in empty Scotch whiskey bottles and selling it after fixing fake holograms to make it appear authentic. For the purpose, the petitioner was using Harpreet Singh's premises from where his motorcycle was recovered. He had also employed other persons.

"The petitioner is alleged to have defrauded the public at large and played with their health/life, which are extremely serious allegations. Whether there are other places being used by the petitioner for the crime he is alleged to have committed; the scale of the petitioner's alleged illegal business activities; involvement of other persons in the alleged crime; for how long the petitioner had allegedly been indulging in these activities; and what exactly is the petitioner's modus operandi to execute the crime he is alleged to have committed are only some of the issues on which light can be thrown only through the petitioner's custodial interrogation," Justice Sibal asserted.

Dismissing the petition, Justice Sibal said the petition was not found worthy of acceptance.

Cheap whiskey sold as Scotch

The probe revealed that the petitioner was involved in the filling up of cheap liquor in empty Scotch whiskey bottles and selling it after fixing fake holograms to make it appear authentic.



from The Tribune https://ift.tt/38AdgnL

No comments:

Post a Comment

Pages