A Sessions Court has taken cognisance of the charge-sheet filed by the Delhi Police against 15 members of a crime syndicate for allegedly conspiring to rob a cash van of Rs.5.25 crore at Defence Colony in New Delhi and killing a security guard who had resisted their attempt this past September.
Additional Sessions Judge Gulshan Kumar took cognisance of the charge-sheet filed against Harikishan Sharma and his wife as well as an advocate besides 12 others who have been charged under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The court has fixed April 16 for further proceedings.
The charges against the accused persons include murder (IPC Section 302) for killing the security guard who tried in vain to thwart the robbery. Other charges against the accused persons include dacoity, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code besides various provisions of the Arms Act.
Of the 15 accused, 11 have been arrested so far. According to the police, Sharma and the others had allegedly intercepted a van belonging to a cash replenishment company working for a bank at Defence Colony on September 28, 2012, and escaped with Rs.5.25 crore in cash. While the accused left a car at the crime spot, the van was recovered an hour later in the Hauz Rani area of South Delhi.
The accused persons are also allegedly involved in various other criminal cases relating to murder, robbery and dacoity. The kingpin, Harikishan Sharma, was allegedly involved in 21 other criminal cases and had formed a crime syndicate which was behind the heist, police alleged.