Mohit Sharma, son of Shiv Kumar Sharma a retired IPS officer of the Punjab cadre — and four other persons were sentenced to a 10-year jail term on Friday in joining with a diamond theft that took place in 2008.
The sentence was marked by the court of Deepak Gupta, District and Sessions Judge. Mohit and five others had been held shamefaced by the court on July 2.
Besides Mohit, Ashok Kumar, Suresh Kumar, Mohammed Meharban and Bhupinder Singh were awarded 10-year sentence, while Harbans Lal was given a seven-year jail term. The case had been transferred here from Punjab in 2013 to safeguard that the trial was not prejudiced by Mohit’s family.
The court also forced a penalty of Rs 40,000 each on Mohit, Ashok, Suresh and Mohammed, while a fine of Rs 35,000 and Rs 35,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively, was compulsory on Bhupinder and Harbans. Amandeep Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Gurdhyan Singh, who were also named in the complaint, had been cleared on July 2.
According to the police, the theft took place on October 9, 2008, the day Bhavesh Shah, a salesman of a Mumbai-based jewellery company, had come to Ludhiana to exhibition diamonds worth Rs 45 lakh to M Jewellers, by Mohit, and Ganpati Jewellers. Mohit had decided a taxi for Bhavesh to travel to Amritsar later that day.
The driver had stopped the vehicle near Phillaur on the excuse of releasing himself. Three youths had attacked Bhavesh and dumped him before escaping in the car with his possessions and valuables.
After an inspection by the Ludhiana police. Mohit, who was out on bail, was jailed in judicial custody when he was declared embarrassed by the district court.