Namdhari charged with murder in shootout case; Ponty too is accused

Sacked Uttarakhand Minorities panel chief Sukhdev Singh Namdhari and his personal security officer Sachin Tyagi were on Saturday chargesheeted for murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy in the November 17 shootout at a farmhouse in Chhatarpur in which liquor baron Gurdeep 'Ponty' Chadha and his brother Hardeep were killed.

Twenty others too have been chargesheeted for attempt to murder, kidnapping and under 15 other Sections of the IPC. The 1,800-page chargesheet, which also names 110 prosecution witnesses, was filed before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Kumar in Saket court.

Ponty Chadha too has been named as a main conspirator along with Namdhari in the "well-hatched conspiracy" for armed and forcible dispossession of employees/occupants of Hardeep Singh from farmhouse No. 42 in Chhatarpur where the brothers were killed.

The Delhi Police told court that "since Ponty was killed during the commission of offence, the charges against him may be abated."

The chargesheet states, "The statements of eyewitnesses, analysis of call details, report of the FSL, recovery of weapons and others tools used for dispossession, point towards a well-hatched conspiracy by Ponty Chadha, Sukhdev Singh Namdhari and their respective employees to dispossess Hardeep and his employees from two farmhouses — No. 42, Chhatarpur, and Pushpanjali Farmhouse G-19, Bijwasan, Delhi — at all costs."

The chargesheet states that "Namdhari and his PSO Tyagi, shot dead Hardeep".

"Namdhari aimed his pistol towards Hardeep Singh. At this stage, Sachin tried to pull Sukhdev Singh Namdhari back, but he brushed Tyagi aside and fired at Hardeep Singh. Thereafter, he (Tyagi) went to the left side of the vehicle (Land Cruiser), took position, and himself fired shots at Hardeep Singh while his weapon was on automatic mode," reads the chargesheet.

The chargesheet states that there was a long-standing property dispute between the brothers, since the death of their father.

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