Zulfiqar Khan case: Investigating officer’s statement recorded, stood by prosecution

The Punjab court had issued bailable warrants against two witnesses after they failed to depose before the court for recording their statements despite summons.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 9, 2016 5:28 am

Additional district and sessions judge J S Sidhu recorded the statement of investigating officer Harminder Singh in the alleged sodomy case against Theatre Age director Zulfiqar Khan.

The officer did not depose before the court earlier in the day, but he later confirmed that he will depose before the court.

While recording his statement, the officer confirmed that he had investigated the case and stood by the prosecution.

The matter will next come up for hearing on September 15. The bail petition of the accused is also pending before the court and will come up for hearing on September 15.

The statement of the complainant, Kanwarpal Singh, and other victims have already been recorded.

In the last hearing, the court had issued bailable warrants against two witnesses – Rocky and Jangsher – after they failed to depose before the court for recording their statements despite summons.

The statement of the key witnesses have been recorded in the case. Kanwarpal stood by the prosecution, while a 16-year-old witness had turned hostile earlier this year.

The court of additional district and sessions judge J S Sidhu had framed charges against Khan under Sections 292 (sale and exhibiting obscene materials), 377 (unnatural sex), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 5 and 14 of the Protection of Children and Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

The present case has been registered on the basis of five complainants who are the witnesses in the case as well, four of whom were adults while the fifth one is a 16-year-old boy.