A day after the arrest of Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, the key witness in the double murders of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother, the probe has been transferred to the crime branch.
“Seven people have been arrested in connection with the case. Further investigations will be conducted by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police,” a senior officer.
Namdhari, who was arrested from Uttarakhand on Friday on charges of trespassing, was presented at Saket court on Saturday by the south district police.
Namdhari was sacked as the chairman of the Uttarakhand Minority Commission after the shootout. He has more than three dozen cases against him, which include murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and others
“He was the main conspirator in the case,” police told the court. However, Namdhari claims that the police have falsely implicated him in the case.
Police sources said that Namdhari and Ponty had gone to the farmhouse with Namdhari and his personal security officer (PSO) Sachin Tyagi. He also revealed that he too fired at Ponty’s brother Hardeep in the shootout at Chhattarpur’s farm number 42.
Namdhari was present at the spot when the shooting took place. He went missing from New Delhi after lodging a first information report (FIR) following the shootout.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chhaya Sharma told reporters on Friday, “Namdhari remains a suspect in the shooting incident. As of today, everybody is a suspect. We are not giving a clean chit to anybody. It is the job of court. All the suspects connected to the case are under the scanner for trespassing as well for murder.”