A lower court on Monday granted bail to Sub-Inspector (S-I) Jaspal Singh Bhullar,who was accused of causing death by negligence of a 21-year-old man in an alleged hit-and-run case in June 2009.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Rajnish Kumar Sharma adjourned the case till August 6 for arguments framing charges against the S-I. Bhullar was released on bail after it was learnt that the sections imposed on him were bailable offences.
Bhullar,who had been reportedly evading arrest,was produced in court by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by UT SSP Naunihal Singh. The SIT was formed after directions from the court on the previous hearing,on April 10. The court had asked the SSP to ensure that the summons were served to the SI and he was produced,failing which police officials of the SIT would be answerable to the court.
On June 27,2009,a Santro car driven by Bhullar reportedly collided with a motorcycle near Kiran Cinema red light in Sector 22. Gangandeep Singh,who was riding the two-wheeler was allegedly dragged along with the car,following which he died,while Mandeep Singh,who was riding pillion,fell on the bonnet of the car. It was alleged that Bhullar tried to flee the spot,leaving the injured unattended.
In addition to this,Bhullar had registered an FIR against Gagandeep,accusing him of negligent driving and claimed that he (Bhullar) tried to avoid the accident.
It was also alleged that the S-I misused his official position to influence the investigation report of Inspector Kuldeep Singh,the then in-charge of special crime investigation cell,Sector 24.
Father of the deceased,Balwinder Singh,moved the high court and the court directed the Haryana Police to inquire the case. Investigation conducted by the Haryana Police team found Bhullar guilty of causing death by negligent and rash driving,and misusing his official position.