The Uttarakhand Police on Saturday filed a charge sheet against the three accused in the murder of Ankita Bhandari, who was killed in September.
The 500-page chargesheet, naming Pulkit Arya as the prime accused and Ankit Gupta and Saurabh Bhaskar as co-accused, was submitted before the Kotdwar Judicial Court on Saturday.
IPC sections in the chargesheet
Additional Director General (ADG) V Murugesan of Uttarakhand Police said that the chargesheet has been filed under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unethical Business Prevention Act (IBPA).
“The chargesheet is being sent to the Hon’ble Court against the three accused under IPC section 302, 201, 120B, 354A and 5(1)V of the Unethical Business Prevention Act. The Narco test and other points are being discussed in the said incident,” he added.
Narco, polygraph tests yet to be done
On December 4, the Uttarakhand Police said that the investigation into the Ankita Bhandari murder case is almost complete, with just the Narco tests of the accused remaining, for which they had sought permission from the Kotdwar court to conduct Narco and Polygraph tests of all three accused.
Of these three accused persons, Pulkit Arya and the second accused, Saurabh, have given consent for the narco and polygraph tests. However, the third accused, Ankit, has asked for 10 days.
Ankita Bhandari murder case
19-year-old Ankita, who worked as a receptionist at a resort run by Pulkit Arya, the son of expelled BJP leader Vinod Arya had gone missing and her body was recovered from Chilla canal in Rishikesh on September 24.
She was reported missing for at least six days before the officials found her body.
Pulkit Arya was arrested for allegedly pushing her into the canal following an altercation. It is alleged that Pulkit was forcing her into prostitution for VIP guests at his resort.
Son arrested for murder, father booked for sodomy
The chargesheet was filed against Pulkit days after the driver of his father, Vinod Arya, accused the former BJP leader of trying to sodomise him.
The driver also accused Arya of beating him up and threatening to kill him if he disclosed the incident to anyone.
A case was registered at Haridwar’s Jawalapur police station against Arya on Tuesday night based on a complaint lodged by his driver, SP (city) Swatantra Kumar said.
Arya has been booked under different sections of the IPC, including 377 (unnatural offences), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation), Kumar said.
The driver, who hails from the Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, claimed that Arya often asked the driver to press his legs. While the driver was doing so one night recently, Arya attempted to sodomise him.
He managed to extricate himself and escaped to Chutmalpur, where he lives. He was recently hit by a bike-borne man.
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