A lower court on Wednesday directed the Chandigarh Police SSP to constitute an SIT in order to arrest Sub-Inspector Jaspal Singh Bhullar. The SIT will also find out why the SI has been evading arrest. SI Bhullar has been accused of death by negligence of a 21-year-old,Gagandeep Singh,on June 27,2009 while he was posted as the in-charge of the Sector 22 police post.
This move came after the complainant appeared in the court and said that Bhullar,being a police official,will try his best to stall the proceedings of the court. A request was made and the court issued bailable warrants against the SI. The SI had been summoned once previously.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM),Rajnish Kumar Sharma has issued directions to the UT SSP,according to which the SI must be produced in the court by May 27. However,in case the team constituted by the SSP fails to arrest the accused,the members of the SIT will have to answer the court.
The incident took place on June 27,2009 when Gagandeep Singh died,following a collision of the mororcycle he was riding with a car driven by SI Bhullar,who was then posted as the in-charge of Sector 22 Police Post.
Initially,a case of rash driving was registered against the deceased,Gagandeep,but the eyewitnesses pointed out that it was the driver of the car who had jumped the traffic lights.
The eyewitness in the case,Malkeet Singh,a resident of Mullanpur Garibdas in Mohali,had said that two motorcycle-borne youths came from the Sector 23 side and stopped at the red light. As the light turned green for them,they started moving towards Kiran Cinema.
Meanwhile,a Santro Car coming from the Popular Book Store side,jumped the red light and hit the motorcycle. Both the motorcycle riders fell on the bonnet of the speeding car which rammed into a pole. While one of the boys fell on the ground,the other one was dragged till the pole.
Malkeet Singh further stated that the car was being driven by S-I Bhullar who came out,made a few calls and rushed from the spot. While Gagandeep died on the spot,the other victim,Mandeep,was seriously injured.
A month after the accident,the case was transferred to the Special Crime Investigation cell. Following this,Gagandeeps parents wrote to the then Administrator S F Rodrigues and the National Human Rights Commission to intervene as the police department was making deliberate attempts to hush up the probe in the case.
Balwinder Singh,the father of the deceased,moved an application in the High Court demanding a fair investigation into the death of his 21-year-old son. An SIT of the Haryana Police was constituted as per High Court directions,which submitted its report in March last year and held Bhullar guilty of causing Gagandeeps death.
An application was filed by SI Bhullar challenging the Haryana Police inquiry report,which was dismissed by the High Court in August last year. A chargesheet was submitted in the case in September last year under Sections 279 (rash driving ),337 (endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of IPC.