Police remand of Ahluwalia extended by 4 days

[lang_en]Shimla: Police remand of Subhash Ahluwalia, the senior bureaucrat arrested in a case of disproportionate assets has been extended by another four days and the district court has post the matter of hearing the bail application for Monday.

Not satisfied with the contention of the defense lawyers, special judge (Forests) JL Gupta permitted the investigating agencies to question the accused in the disproportionate asset case made out against him for the 2003-2008 period, when he was the private secretary to former chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

The defense counsel had argued that Ahluwalia was cooperating with the investigations and had responded to every query that was sought from him. He had contested the claims about disproportionate assets by the investigators arguing that much of the income being shown was because of double entries being made out.

On the other hand the prosecution holding up charges against Ahluwalia of owning more assets than known sources of income for the period under scrutiny argued that the bureaucrat had reported ill and doctors treating him only permitted limited time for interrogation.

“The limited interrogation permitted by treating doctors has not yielded any breakthroughs in the investigation,” said a vigilance official “and we had sought an extension of the police remand, which was allowed by the court. He is now to be produced in court on Monday”

SS Minhas, medical superintended IGMC said that Ahluwalia’s blood pressure continues to fluctuate and the patient has also begun to suffer from anxiety neurosis. He remains under observation and medical treatment, he said.

Meanwhile the state government after having put the arrested officer under deemed suspension for remaining in police custody for more than 48 hours has passed order of his suspension.

The bureaucrat was picked up on 8th October from his residence in Panchkula for questioning in the case and has been in police custody for over a week.[/lang_en]

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