Delhi cops to quiz Namdhari for two more days

New Delhi, Dec 5: A Delhi court Wednesday extended for two more days the police custody of Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, booked for the shooting of Hardeep Singh, brother of slain liquor baron Ponty Chadha.

Namdhari, a witness to the Nov 17 shootout at a farmhouse in south Delhi in which both the brothers were killed, has been booked under Indian Penal Code’s Section 302 (murder) for Hardeep’s killing.

Metropolitan Magistrate Rajinder Singh said: “Accused Namdhari is further remanded to two days of police custody. The accused be produced before this court or any other competent court upon the expiry of the police custody remand on Dec 7.”

Police said Namdhari had to be confronted with his security officer Sachin Tyagi, already in custody.

Investigating Officer Jitendar Singh told the court that investigation in the case and statement of a witness had established that Namdhari and Tyagi had fired at Hardeep.

During the interrogation, the accused disclosed the name of his associates and his custodial interrogation was required for their identification, police said.

The court extended Namdhari’s custody by two more days saying he was required to be interrogated for the recovery of the alleged weapon of offence and vehicle used in the crime.

Namdhari was sacked as chairman of the Uttarakhand Minorities Commission after the Chadha brothers’ killings. He was arrested from his farmhouse in Uttarakhand Nov 23.

R.S. Malik, Namdhari’s counsel earlier opposed the police plea for remand and said his client had already spent over 11 days in police custody and there was nothing else to be recovered from him.

According to police, Namdhari killed Hardeep Nov 17 in the shootout at farmhouse No.42 in south Delhi’s Chhattarpur.

IANS