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Interim bail for three caught thrashing Punjabi Bagh shop owner on CCTV

Interim bail for three caught thrashing Punjabi Bagh shop owner on CCTV

New Delhi: A Delhi court has granted interim bail to the three men who were just a few weeks ago seen in CCTV footage, brutally beating up a shop-owner in West Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area over a purported road rage incident.

The court here granted Prabhjot Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Preet Singh interim bail till September 26 on a bail bond of Rs 50,000 each and the condition that they surrender their passports to the Punjabi Bagh police station.

The court here has also directed that the accused not leave Delhi without the Investigating Officer's permission and that they are to appear before police officials twice a week to assist with the investigation in the case.

The case came to light last month when CCTV footage of the three men beating up a shop owner in Punjabi Bagh surfaced. According to court documents, the victim's nose was broken as a result of the assault and the police had registered a case against the accused based on the victim's statement, which also alleged that the three looted a bag of Rs 15 lakh in cash from him.

During the bail hearing, advocate Satnarain Sharma, appearing for the accused told the court that there was no evidence that his clients had stolen the money from the victim, as the complainant himself could not confirm whether the bag of cash was missing from before.

The counsel for accused said that the allegation of stealing the cash was added in a bid to make the offense look like something more than a simple case of road rage.

A car in which the three accused were travelling had on the night of the incident, hit the victim's car, which was parked outside his shop. The accused had at the time offered to pay Rs 2,500 for the damages but the victim later declined to accept it, after which the three men got violent.

While the prosecutor had opposed interim bail for accused on grounds of the gravity of the violence, which was caught on CCTV cameras, the counsel for the victim told the bar that his client was willing to compromise the matter and did not object to the interim bail plea.

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