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The Punjab and Haryana High Court denies bail in cheating case

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has denied bail to a man who allegedly received money for delivering face masks following the Covid outbreak, but did not supply the same. "If the petitioner is protected against his arrest at this stage, it would hamper the free and fair investigation by the police as well," said Justice Rajbir Sehrawat.

The order came on a petition by Vishal Rameshbhai Gandhi against the State of Haryana for grant of anticipatory bail in a case alleging cheating and another offence registered on May 15 under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC at Sector 37, Police Station in Gurugram.

The Bench was told that the complainant in the case intended to procure good quality face masks for business purpose following the Covid outbreak. For the purpose, she came in to contact with the petitioner. He allegedly agreed to ensure the supply of face masks to the complainant and asked her to inspect the stock at Delhi. For instilling confidence in the complainant, a stock of face masks was shown to her.

It was further alleged that the petitioner issued bill from his own firm M/s Rhythm Divine Healthcare. Out of the total payments, Rs 2 lakh was paid in the petitioner's personal account, whereas Rs 42,60,000 was deposited in his firm's account.

As the goods were not supplied by the petitioner and his firm, the complainant's money was not returned thus the FIR was lodged.

Justice Sehrawat asserted the petitioner raised an invoice/bill for material to be supplied and received the payment. It was for him to supply the goods, but he started denying the transaction and claimed himself to be a middleman. "This lends credence to the allegation of the complainant that the petitioner had a fraudulent intention right from the beginning...," said Justice Sehrawat.



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