The Hush Post, Ludhiana: An Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Jatinder Singh Chahal, who was arrested on Wednesday by the Vigilance Bureau on charges of taking Rs 10,000 bribe from a man, has been sent to the custody of Vigilance Bureau by a local court.
The accused APP Jatinder Singh Chahal was produced in the court of duty magistrate Jagjit Singh on Thursday and the court accepting the Vigilance Bureau’s plea sent him in the Vigilance’s custody till Friday.
Notably, on Wednesday, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Vigilance Bureau Ludhiana had arrested Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Jatinder Singh Chahal while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a Ludhiana resident.
It is alleged that Jatinder Singh Chahal had demanded a bribe of Rs 20,000 from one Gurpreet Singh, a resident of 56, GT Road, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana in lieu of not pressing with arguments over a plea in the court.
SSP Jaswinder Singh of VB Economic Offences Wing, Ludhiana, had informed that Jatinder Singh Chahal was demanding a bribe of Rs 20,000 from Gurpreet Singh. The Additional Public Prosecutor was demanding this money in lieu of not pressing with arguments over a plea which had been filed by Gurpreet Singh to discharge him from a case (number 49/2016) which was registered by the Division number 2 police and which is being tried in the local court. This particular case was to come for hearing on September 7, 2018.
The SSP informed that finally, the deal was settled at Rs 10,000 and this amount was to be paid to Jatinder Singh Chahal on Wednesday. Gurpreet Singh brought this matter to the notice of Economic Offences Wing of VB, after which a trap was laid and Chahal was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from outside the District Courts Complex on the Feroze Gandhi Market Road, here. At the time of his arrest, he was sitting in his car.
An FIR under section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was registered against Jatinder Singh Chahal.