Chandigarh: HC grants grain market parking contractor interim waiver of arrest
The High Court of Punjab and Haryana, awarding relief to a UT parking contractor, ordered that he be released on bail upon arrest, subject to him providing personal bonds.
Petitioner Mohammad Idrish moved to HC, seeking early bail in an FIR registered on March 17, 2022, under Sections 384 (punishment for extortion), 420 (deception and dishonest inducement to deliver property), 341 (punishment for abusive coercion), 120-B (Punishment of association of criminals) of the CPI.
Police say Idrish was awarded a one-year contract to manage parking in Sector 26, the grain market last year.
During this period, he was found defrauding people. It was alleged that although he was supposed to collect a parking fee, he charged an entrance fee to anyone entering the market area. It was further alleged that he illegally allowed ‘rehri walas’ (vegetable carts) to place their carts in the parking lot and charged them a large sum.
Idrish’s lawyer, Krishan Singh Dadwal, argued that he had been falsely implicated in the case by competitors, who resented him. It was
also contended that while the allegations were made regarding entrance fees, which is common practice at other UT parking areas, such as Sectors 17 and 22. Additionally, any violation of the condition of the contract by charging the fee would at best attract some sort of civil liability and that the filing of the FIR was an abuse of the legal process.
Judge Gurvinder Singh Gill, who heard the case, said: “If arrested, the applicant will be released on provisional bail subject to the furnishing of personal bonds and bonds to the satisfaction of the officer in charge. arrest/investigation. However, the petitioner must join the investigation as and when called upon and cooperate with the arresting/investigating officer”.