The Hush Post: A local court on Monday framed charges against Chandigarh-based theatre artiste Gurcharan Singh Channi. 67-year-old Channi and his son 38-year-old Gyan Dev Singh allegedly assaulted policemen in an inebriated condition at a barricade in September 2016.
The court of chief judicial magistrate Akshdeep Mahajan has framed charges against his son and him under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In case they are convicted, they face up to three years of imprisonment.
As the Chief Judicial Magistrate CJM read out the charges against the theatre artiste and his son, Channi broke down and pleaded in the court to let him off claiming innocence and citing his old age. However, the court replied that if he is innocent, he should face trial and prove it. The trial begins on October 23.
The matter dates back to September 21, 2016, when police intercepted a Toyota Innova driven by Gyan Dev at a barricade to check drunk driving at the Sector 16/17 light point. Channi was sitting next to him.
The two, as per the police, sat on the road when Gyan Dev was asked to blow into the alcometer. The reading had allegedly come out to be 95.5mg, well above the permissible limit of 30.
As per the chargesheet, Gyan Dev pushed a constable and argued and abused other policemen on duty. Channi too supported him in all of this, the police complaint stated.
The two allegedly refused to sign and receive the challan slip and the ruckus continued for an hour. They later even tried to drive away in the car, which had been impounded. They finally hired a cab. Police videographed the whole incident.
Channi is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s national award for community theatre, and an alumnus of Panjab University’s department of Indian Theatre. He has also served twice as the chairman of Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi.