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Ponty Chadha murder: Namdhari shot at Hardeep say cops

New Delhi: Sacked Uttarakhand Minority Commission Chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari was today remanded in police custody for five days by a Delhi court with the police accusing him of being the main conspirator in the Ponty Chadha shoot out case and said that he fired at the liquor baron's brother Hardeep Chadha.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sandeep Garg sent Namdhari to five days' police custody saying "the investigating agencies should be given an opportunity for their endeavour to recover the weapon used in the crime."

"In view of the same, accused is remanded in police custody for five days till November 28," the judge said.

Namdhari is accused of shooting the liquor baron's brother. PTI

During the hearing, the police accused Namdhari of having shot at liquor baron Ponty Chadha's brother Hardeep Chadha at the shoot-out at a Chattarpur farm house in South Delhi last Saturday.

The police said Namdhari in his disclosure statement had admitted that he had fired at Hardeep with his pistol when Hardeep pointed his gun at him.

It also accused Namdhari of being the main conspirator of the shoot out as he was involved in vandalising the farmhouse, looting, robbery and attempt to murder there.

The investigating agency said he is the main culprit, as in his FIR earlier had not disclosed the firing and had also hidden his gun.

"I don't want to talk more on this case. I just want to say that it was just an accident and the FIR was lodged by me in this case. I called police myself," Namdhari told reporters while going out of the court premises after he was remanded in police custody.

"It is wrong to say that he fired. It is a matter of investigation," he added.

While seeking his custody, the police told the court that Namdhari was the close aide of Ponty Chadha and accused him of vandalising the farmhouse and committing loot and attempt to murder.

"Many other persons are also involved in this case and there is a deep-rooted conspiracy in the present crime. In this case, persons having assets of over Rs 1,000 crores is likely to be involved, in this conspiracy," Public Prosecutor Manoj Choudhary said.

"Custodial interrogation at length is required to unearth the entire conspiracy in the crime," he said.

The police told the court that they had to trace out his accomplices who had accompanied him to the crime spot but "vanished later."

"Other associates also, who are hiding in Uttarakhand or Uttar Pradesh, are to be arrested," the prosecutor said.

It also told the court that one of the accused arrested earlier too has disclosed Namdhari's involvement in the shootout.

Namdhari, who was with liquor baron Ponty at the time of his killing, was produced in court today after his arrest yesterday by a Delhi Police team from his residence at Bajpur in Udhamsinghnagar district of Uttarakhand.

Ponty and Hardeep, who had a ongoing property dispute, were killed when both sides opened fire at each other last Saturday at their family farmhouse here.

PTI