HC hands over murder probe to CBI,after victim’s son alleges irregularities

In an embarrassment for the Punjab Police,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday handed over the probe of a murder case,being probed by Mohali Police,to the CBI.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 16, 2012 1:12 am

In an embarrassment for the Punjab Police,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday handed over the probe of a murder case,being probed by Mohali Police,to the CBI. The case assumes significance as the petitioner had accused Balbir Singh Sidhu,MLA from Mohali,of maneuvering the probe.

Justice Paramjeet Singh on Monday ordered a CBI probe on a petition filed by the deceased’s son. The petitioner,Harjinder Singh,had pointed out several irregularities and shortcomings in the investigation done by the Mohali Police.

In his case,filed through Advocate Charanjit Singh Bakhshi,complainant Harjinder Singh had alleged his father Rattan Singh was “brutally murdered by Amarjit Singh alias Jeeti,real brother of MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu”.

Alleging “blatant illegalities” by the police,the petitoner had contended that though prime accused Dilawar Singh was arrested on December 24,2010,the weapon used during the occurrence has not been recovered till date. The petitioner had also alleged that the Mohali Police was forcing him to enter into a compromise with the local MLA and his brother.

“Surprisingly,the police did not even take him into police remand for a single day. Therefore,no custodial interrogation of Dilawar Singh was conducted by the police. The police did not even seek his police remand,” the petitioner had alleged.

Advocate Charanjit Singh Bakshi had alleged that the weapon,belonging to accused Kulwant Singh,and recovered on December 24,2011,has till date not been sent to the ballistic laboratory. Bakshi had further alleged that even the empties recovered from the spot have not been sent to the laboratory for examination.

“The gross irregularity has been blatantly committed to demolish the case of the petitioner as stated in the FIR,” the petition read.

The investigation was not moving ahead with a clear intent that the challan against the accused already arrested was not put to court within 90 days from their arrest so that they could be granted the benefit of bail from the court.

The petition further read that in absolute abuse of the process of law and in order to make a counter version,Dilawar Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital,Mohali,with alleged gunshot injuries. These injuries are patently self-inflicted and this fact is clearly borne out from a bare perusal of the examination of the doctor at Fortis.

“Till date the police has not recorded the statements of eye-witnesses. On the other hand,the petitioner has been told by reliable sources that the statements of his witnesses have been fabricated by the police,” read the petition.

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