There was no small amount of controversy after JJ published a list of individuals that the Hinds County grand jury did not indict during its September session. One particular case was that of Chirag Kharbanda (Not to be pronounced Kowabunga), the owner of the Jubilee gas station at 905 Northside Drive in Jackson. He was charged with:
JJ obtained a copy of the police file through a public records request and posted it below. The burglary unit of JPD executed a search warrant on January 16, 2014. The police found a stolent handgun, stolen laptop computer, and a stolen flat screen tv. The police charged Mr. Kharbanda with the charges mentioned above. The raid was heavily reported in the media:
- possession of a stolen firearm
- 2 counts of possession of stolen goods
- possession of a stolen gun
However, that was not Mr. Karbandah's last arrest. The JPD executed another search warrant on January 29 after the city discovered that Mr. Kharbanda was operating the business without a license. The police officer noticed the "handle of a handgun" in plain view near the cash register. The report states that he asked Mr. Kharbanda "if he knew anything about the gun. Chirag Kharbanda informed Detective Harvey and Detective M. Martin that someone broke into this location about a week ago and left his gun inside the store and he decided to keep it for protection. "
The police ran the serial number and determined the handgun was stolen in Canton. The police arrested Mr. Kharbanda. He informed JPD he was sick after he arrived at the holding facility. He was moved to UMC. The grand jury declined to indict Mr. Kharbanda.
Should the grand jury have indicted Chirag Kharbanda? If not, who is responsible for the "no
bill"? Here are the files. We report, you decide.