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Punjab and Haryana High Court orders Sessions Judge to produce CCTV footage of dentist’s Arrest

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: January 16, 2022 at 16:02 IST

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently ordered the Chandigarh District and Sessions Court Judge to submit a CCTV recording of the arrest of a dentist on January 7, 2022. The recording of the arrest has been demanded by the High Court after the Chandigarh Police denied arresting the dentist.

The High Court Single-Judge Bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh while keeping the matter for further hearing on January 27, 2002 directed the Senior Superintendent of Police of Chandigarh to submit mobile phone details of the three police personnel who allegedly made the dentist’s arrest at District Court’s Complex in Sector 43 of the Union Territory.

The High Court gave the orders on January 13, 2022 during the hearing for Anticipatory Bail of the accused Mohit Dhawan. A case was registered against the Accused on September 21, 2020 based on complaint filed by woman from Nairobi who accused the dentist of cheating her, by making a deal in regards with her dental implants done by him in his clinic.

The Counsel for Mr. Dhawan stated that the Accused was visiting the Court Complex to have his affidavit notarized in regards with his presence in the Court regarding the cheating case, but was arrested by the Chandigarh Police before he could appear in the Court.

The Counsel for Chandigarh Police argued that Mr. Dhawan was arrested in regards with another case filed against him and not cheating case. The Counsel for Chandigarh Police also stated that the Accused was arrested at the Sector 43 Inter State Bus Terminal and not the Court Complex.

Due to the aforementioned complications, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the Chandigarh Sessions Court to produce every footage from the CCTV camera of the Court from the time period of 10:00 am to 11:30 am of January 7, 2022. The Court also ordered the Police to produce call records and location details of the Police Personnel involved in the arrest.