HARYANA CIVIL Judge (Senior Division) Ravneet Garg who was arrested for his alleged involvement in his wife’s murder sought bail in the Special CBI Court here on Friday.
Ravneet, 34, was arrested on September 8 by the CBI from his Gurgaon residence, three years after the murder of his wife. He had married 30-year-old Geetanjali, a Panchkula resident, in 2007 and has two daughters.
He was posted as Chief Judicial Magistrate, Gurgaon, at the time of the incident and worked as civil judge (senior division) in district courts, Kaithal, until his arrest in September.
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The incident took place on July 17, 2013, when Geetanjali’s bullet-riddled body was found in mysterious circumstances in the high-security Police Lines compound in Gurgaon. The post-mortem indicated three bullet injuries, one in the stomach, the other pierced through the chin, and the third injured her neck, and a head injury.
“We have submitted the bail application and CBI has been directed to submit its reply on the next hearing which is scheduled for October 24. Ravneet had been co-operating in the investigation,” said Garg’s counsel Vishal Garg Narwana.
Although initially suspected to be suicide, Geetanjali’s parents had alleged that she had been murdered. Her brother Pradeep Aggarwal submitted a complaint to the police that she was ill-treated by Ravneet’s family who had been demanding expensive gifts and cash as dowry. The Haryana government had later transferred the case to the CBI.
In August 2013, the CBI had booked Garg and his parents in case under sections 302 (murder), 34 (act done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. However, no arrest was made until September 8, when the CBI arrested Garg on the basis of discrepancies in the lie-detection and brain mapping tests. He is currently lodged in Ambala jail.
The next date of hearing is October 24.