TEN YEARS RIGOROUS IMPRISONMENT TO THE MAIN ACCUSED AND THREE TO SEVEN YEARS RI TO OTHER EIGHT ACCUSED IN A CASE RELATING TO CHEATING, FORCIBLE GRABBING OF A HELICOPTER AND ITS WRONGFUL USE FOR ELECTIONEERING

Press Release
New Delhi , 23.07.2012

            The MACT Court at Saket, New Delhi has today sentenced nine accused i.e S/Shri Romesh Sharma to undergo 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs.17.15 lakh; Harish Mishra to undergo 07 years Rigorous Imprisonment with a fine of Rs.One lakh; Laxman Singh to undergo 03 years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs.15 thousand and other six accused i.e. Avtar Singh Ahluwalia, M.D.Bhojwani, Naveen Budhiraja, Manoj, Avdesh & Indermani to undergo 3 ½ years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs.Ten thousand each in a case relating to cheating, forcible grabbing of a helicopter and its wrongful use for electioneering during 1996 at Phoolpur(Uttar Pradesh). Rs.15 lakh will be paid to the complainant, out of fine collected from Romesh Sharma and Harish Mishra. The helicopter will also be released to the complainant.

 

            CBI had registered the case on 6.11.1998 and took up the investigation of the FIR earlier registered at Police Station Hauz Khas,New Delhi on the directions of Govt of India.

 

            It was alleged that Sh. Romesh Sharma (a Politician) hired the helicopter VT-EAP from Sh. H. Suresh Rao of Pushpak Aviation Private Ltd in March 1996 for electioneering purpose. He, however, represented to Sh. Rao that he cannot show the hiring of the helicopter due to the restrictions imposed by the Election Commission and, therefore, the documents showing sale of the helicopter may be prepared, which would be destroyed after the elections. Believing the representation of Sh. Romesh Sharma to be bonafide & genuine, Sh. Rao allegedly executed MOU which was predated as if executed on 24/2/96. On the request of Sh. Romesh Sharma, the helicopter was dispatched to Phoolpur(UP) on 26/3/96, where it was used for electioneering work of Romesh Sharma. On 11/5/96, when the helicopter was to be dispatched to Mumbai, it was forcibly grabbed by the alleged goons of Romesh Sharma, who took it to Delhi by force.

 

            After thorough investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet on 18.01.1999 in the Designated Court at Delhi.

 

            The Trial Court had convicted nine accused i.e S/Sh. Romesh Sharma U/Sec 420, 386, 412, 365, 506, 323 & 120 B r/w 420, 395,506 of IPC;Avtar Singh Ahluwalia, M. D. Bhojwani, Naveen Budhiraja, Manoj, Avdesh & Indermani U/Sec 395 & 120 B r/w 395 of IPC;Harish Mishra U/Sec 420 & 120B r/w 420 IPC and Laxman Singh U/Sec 365, 506 IPC & Sec. 120 B r/w 365, 506 of IPC on 20.07.2012.

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