Ponty’s disability overlooked while issuing gun licence, probe ordered

Ponty Chadha was reportedly issued a firearms licence the day he applied for one — June 26, 1991

The district administration has initiated an inquiry into reports which said slain liquor baron Gurdeep Chadha alias Ponty was issued arms licence despite him being ineligible for the same, as he was a physically handicapped person.

"The licence was issued in 1991 by the then district magistrate. We have ordered a probe into why and how Ponty's ineligibility was overlooked while issuing the licence," Additional District Magistrate Sayyed Nizamuddin said on Saturday.

He said the probe was initiated after taking cognisance of media reports, which claimed that an arms licence was issued to Chadha by the then district magistrate on June 26, 1991, the same day the application was filed, overlooking his ineligibility.

Ponty and his younger brother Hardeep were killed in a shootout at their Chattarpur farmhouse in South Delhi last Saturday.

Besides Chadha, orders of issuance of licences to six of his family members were also approved the same day the applications were submitted, reports had claimed.

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