10 years on, IPS officer’s son gets 10-yr jail for diamond robbery in Ludhiana

The Hush Post: Ten years after a diamond robbery took place in Phillaur near Ludhiana, a Faridabad sessions court has pronounced son of a retired IPS officer of the Punjab cadre guilty and has awarded him a 10-year jail term.

The main accused Mohit Sharma, who is the son of Shiv Kumar Sharma, (SSP (Vigilance) at that time, and four other persons were sentenced to a 10-year jail term on Friday.

The case had been transferred from Ludhiana to Faridabad in 2013 to ensure a fair trial. Mohit, who was out on bail, was remanded in judicial custody by Deepak Gupta, District and Sessions Judge, Faridabad. Mohit and five others had been held guilty by the court on July 2.

The robbery had taken place on October 9, 2008, when a salesman of a Mumbai-based jewellery company, Bhavesh Shah, had come to Ludhiana to exhibit diamonds worth Rs 45 lakh to M Jewellers, a store owned by Mohit, and Ganpati Jewellers.

Mohit had arranged a taxi for Bhavesh to travel to Amritsar the same day. The driver had stopped the car near Phillaur on the pretext of relieving himself. Three persons had assaulted Bhavesh and fled in the car with the valuables.

Besides Mohit, Ashok Kumar, Suresh Kumar, Mohammed Meharban and Bhupinder Singh were awarded 10-year sentence, while Harbans Lal was given a seven-year jail term. Amandeep Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Gurdhyan Singh, who were also named in the FIR, had been acquitted on July 2.

Mohit’s IPS officer father was in the eye of a storm for arresting former DGP SS Virk in a dowry harassment case. He was also awarded for busting terror modules. He was said to be responsible for creating police black cat commandos.

Meanwhile, speaking to a news daily, the investigating officer of the case, Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajinder Singh Sohal said, “There was a lot of pressure as the main accused was the son of a senior officer, but I stood my ground”.

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