Arrest of a dentist in the “Chandigarh court”: HC asks the judge of the sessions to produce CCTV images of the premises

The Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the Chandigarh District and Sessions Judge to produce the January 7 CCTV footage of the District Courts Complex, Sector 43, from where a dentist in the city alleged that he had been arrested, contrary to UT police claims.

Bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh has also asked the UT Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) to provide the cellphone contact details of the three police officers who arrested the dentist, Mohit Dhawan.

The instructions were given on January 13, during his early bail plea in a criminal case filed against him on September 21, 2020. In the said case, a Nairobi woman accused the dentist of cheating on her during her visit to India to get dental implants from his clinic in 2017-2018.

The dentist claimed he was being harassed at the behest of former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Director Rakesh Asthana and former DGP TS Luthra of Chandigarh. His plea to transfer the investigation into the cheating case was rejected by the High Court in November 2020.

Dhawan’s lawyer had told the court that when, on the instructions of the high court, his client went to the District Courts complex at 10 a.m. on January 7 and obtained a notarized affidavit to show his presence in the cheating case, he was arrested by the police before he can appear before a magistrate.

However, UT’s attorney argued that Dhawan was arrested in connection with another FIR registered against him.

While Dhawan claimed he was arrested at the court complex in the morning, the UT attorney said his arrest took place at 6:30 p.m. and behind Sector 43 ISBT, not the court complex.

The lawyer also argued that if the petitioner had already obtained his affidavit notarized, why was it not produced before the magistrate or on January 8, when it was presented in court during his arrest .

Taking the circumstances surrounding the dentist’s arrest seriously, the court ordered the session judge to retain CCTV footage from all cameras installed outside the courthouse between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on January 7 and produce at the next court date.

The court also searched for the names of the cops who arrested the dentist, after which the names of Criminal Branch Inspector Harinder Singh Sekhon, Sub-Inspector Suresh Kumar and Senior Constable Neeraj were provided by the police. .

In this regard, the court ordered that the details of their calls and the location of their mobile phone between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on January 7, as well as Dhawan’s call recordings, be obtained and produced. before the tribunal. The case will now be resumed on January 27.

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