HC dismisses traderís plea to squash FIR

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition moved by a Ludhiana-based businessman seeking the quashing of an FIR registered against him by CBI in 2009 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Jagtar Singh, the trader, had complained of chest pain after his residence was raided by income tax sleuths in 2009 and requested the IT officials to let him visit the hospital. Allowing his request, the officials had sent an inspector along with Singh. Instead of taking him to the hospital, the inspector took him to his bank where Singh allegedly made certain transactions.

After coming to know about this, the IT department indicted the said inspector and the matter was referred to the CBI, which registered a case and chargesheeted them. Following this, a special CBI court framed charges against the two.

Challenging the FIR, Singh had moved the high court claiming that CBI has failed to prove his bank transactions. He also claimed that he had paid the outstanding money to the IT department and thus, there was no case.

While opposing these contentions, Advocate Sumeet Goel, special public prosecutor for CBI, said that the fact that Singh went to a bank on the pretext of going to the hospital is sufficient enough to raise suspicion.

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