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CHANDIGARH City BJP farm wing leader arrested for duping Delhi resident of ₹6 lakh

April 23, 2019 06:00 AM


Rajanbir Singh ■
City BJP farm wing leader arrested for duping Delhi resident of ₹6 lakh

CHANDIGARH:A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) farmer wing leader from Chandigarh has been arrested for allegedly forging a cheque and duping a Delhi man of ₹6.1 lakh, it came to light on Monday.

■ Seen as a close aide of Kirron Kher, Bhushan Bhardwaj (left) hosted the Chandigarh MP at his house on his birthday three days prior to the arrest on April 14. Kirron shared this picture on Twitter, calling him the party’s ‘khaas karyakarta’ (special functionary).
Bhushan Bhardwaj, one of the zila adhyakshs (district heads) of the BJP Kisan Morcha in Chandigarh, was arrested by Delhi Police in coordination with their Chandigarh counterparts the same day MP Kirron Kher organised a ‘Coffee with Kirron’ session at his residence in Sector 61.

Seen as a close aide of the MP, he also hosted her on his birthday three days prior to the arrest on April 11. In a series of pictures posted on her FB page, Kirron had referred to him as the party’s “khaas karyakarta (special functionary)”.

According to Delhi Police, the incident took place in April 2015. Pradeep, a resident of Aali village in New Delhi, had transferred money to his own account to finance his ailing mother’s medical treatment.

When he went to the bank to withdraw some money on April 27, 2015, he found that his account had insufficient balance. On checking the details, it was found that ₹6.1 lakh had been withdrawn from the account on April 21, allegedly using a forged cheque.

Pradeep lodged a complaint with the branch manager and later with the police.

A case was registered on September 19, 2016, under Sections 420 (cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Badarpur police station.

During the course of investigation, police traced the money to Bhardwaj, following which he was arrested. He is currently in judicial remand.

Gursewak Singh, additional commissioner of police (ACP), Badarpur, New Delhi, said: “We have arrested Bhardwaj as per the standard procedure.”

Sources in the police said they are still working out the relationship between Bhardwaj and complainant and had just followed the money trail.

According to sources in the BJP, apart from his duties in the Kisan Morcha, Bhardwaj was an active party member at the local level. Chandigarh head of the Kisan Morcha, Balwinder Sharma, refused to comment. Kirron Kher, too, was not available for comment.

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