The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday dismissed a plea by Pearls Group CMD Nirmal Singh Bhangoo against custody to Chhattisgarh Police.

A special court at Bemetra in Chhattisgarh in July had ordered that he be produced before it in a criminal case registered on defrauding people through a ponzi scheme. Bhangoo is accused of swindling of 45,000 crore from over five crore investors in different states.

Bhangoo had challenged a Muktsar judicial magistrate’s order in the HC in which the jail authorities were directed to hand over his custody to Chhattisgarh Police. He had also challenged order on getting him examined at Rajindera Hospital, Patiala, which declared him fit for travel. Bhangoo all along has been citing his ill health against long travel.

The high court bench of justice Meenakshi I Mehta criticised the role played by the jail authorities and local health authorities in helping him to “evade” transfer of his custody to…

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