Manjit Singh Sethi sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
Mumbai, Feb 6 (UNI) A local court today sentenced Dance Bar Association president, Manjit Singh Sethi and his son Vishal Sethi to ten years rigorous imprisonment in a kidnapping case.
The Court found the duo guilty under sections 365, 367, 368, 369, 394 and 397 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and CrPC for the kidnapping and physcial torture of court clerk Kuldeep Singh Chandok in 1997.
Both were also fined Rs 1.25 lakh.
Sethi and his son kidnapped Chandok for allegedly possessing blank stamp papers signed by one Rashmi Bhatnagar in connection with the purchase of a MHADA flat. Later, Bhatanagar had contested the claim of Chandok that she had sold the flat and lodged a complaint against Chandok for forgery at the Versova police station.
Chandok testified that on January 6, 1997, Sethi, his son and two other unidentified persons forcibly took him to a seculded spot at Ajmera Compound at Borivili from a South Mumbai club and assaulted him.
Subsequently, the four took away cash worth Rs 50,000 and some blank stamp papers carried by him in a suit case.
After the kidnapping and assault, the duo dropped Chandok at the JV Nagar area of Andheri in Suburban Mumbai from where he was later admitted at the Cooper hospital.
A charge sheet was filed in 1998 in connection with the kidnapping and assault against the duo and two other unidentified persons.
However, the police failed to trace the cash, missing stamp papers and the two unidentified persons as testified by Chandok through out the case.
Meanwhile, the court has issued show cause notices to defense witnesses Sethi, Vishal Sethi, Rashmi Bhatnagar, Ranvir Sharma - Manager of Pal Synthetics at Tarapore and S K Das, currently holding the Power of Attorney of Bhatnagar's flat seeking explanation from them as to why perjury proceedings should not be initiated.