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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 1:24 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 1:24 AM (IST)BRIBERY CASE

Middleman seeks CCTV footage of bank, hotel

Chandigarh, November 6

The arrested middleman in the alleged Rs 10 lakh bribery case involving former Ferozepur IGP Gurinder Singh Dhillon has moved an application requesting footage of a Ludhiana bank where the money exchange took place.

Besides, he has also asked to secure the footage of a hotel in Ludhiana where he claims to have been kept before his arrest.

The application states the manager of Axis bank, Mata Rani branch, Ludhiana, be directed to secure the CCTV footage of August 16 from noon to 4 pm. Similar directions are sought for the manager of Mehal Hotel, Ferozepur road, Ludhiana, for the footage from 3 pm on August 14 and 10 pm on August 16.

The application says the hotel premises was used by the CBI personnel to investigate the case. It adds that the CBI has collected limited footage from the hotel which is useful only to them. For the bank, the application says the footage is useful as Rs 8 lakh was withdrawn by Rakesh Kumar and Rohit Kumar. It adds that some of this amount is said to be recovered from Goyal, but it is not the case.

The plea states that the footage is likely to be deleted around November 16 and thus directions should be issued soon.

However, the court has issued the CBI a notice to reply to the application on November 20, which is also the date for the main case. Another application to prepone the CBI reply was today dismissed by the court.

Dhillon was transferred as the IG (Human Rights) in August, days after the case surfaced. A SIT, headed by Dhillon, is probing the 2012 patwari frame-up case, in which former SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma and five other police officials are accused. In the complaint dated August 13, Sharma had accused Goyal of demanding a bribe of Rs 22 lakh on Dhillon’s behalf to settle the case. — TNS

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