Po­lice the­ory falls flat, court ac­quits ac­cused in­dus­tri­al­ist

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - Param­preet Singh Narula

JA­LAND­HAR: A hand-tool in­dus­tri­al­ist, Varinder Singh alias Ra­jan Kochar, ar­rested in a high-pro­file mur­der case of money exchanger and busi­ness­man Anil Ku­mar Billa, was ac­quit­ted by the court of dis­trict and ses­sions judge SK Garg on Thurs­day, fol­low­ing lack of ev­i­dence against him.

Billa was shot dead on the night of June 3, 2016, when he was sit­ting in his Toy­ota For­tuner (PB-08 BW 8006) car out­side teh Al­la­habad Bank near the Com­pany Bagh Chowk here.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, the Ja­land­har com­mis­sion­er­ate po­lice, led by com­mis­sioner of po­lice (CP) Ar­pit Shukla, had ar­rested Kochar claim­ing enough cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence against him, all of which fell flat in the court on Thurs­day.

Defence coun­sel San­jeev Bansal said that po­lice had made up the story just to claim they had solved the mur­der case, but all their the­o­ries have fallen flat in the court.

“The po­lice have failed on ev­ery count and even af­ter two years of ha­rass­ment to my client, this mur­der still re­mained a mys­tery for the po­lice,” he said.

Po­lice claimed that Kochar had a li­censed .32 bore re­volver with him­self and seven bul­lets is­sued on his name were re­ported miss­ing.

The po­lice also claimed that the CCTV footages of Kochar’s house of that day were not avail­able and claimed to have suf­fi­cient tele­phonic records be­tween him and the de­ceased.

The po­lice had also claimed that Toy­ota For­tuner (PB-08 BW 8006) SUV in which Billa was shot dead near the Com­pany Bagh Chowk on June 3 was also regis­tered in the name of a fac­tory co-owned by Kochar. Po­lice said Kochar had been pay­ing the ve­hi­cle’s loan in­stal­ments and couldn’t cite a rea­son why his ve­hi­cle was with Billa that day.

More em­bar­rass­ment to the po­lice came af­ter they pro­duced a state­ment in teh court, claim­ing it to be of the vic­tim’s wife, Mamta, and hold­ing Kochar as re­spon­si­ble for killing Billa, on Au­gust 12. How­ever, she de­nied to have given any state­ment against ac­cused in­dus­tri­al­ist Kochar.

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