A day after a special investigation team set up to probe his role in the Parampreet Kaur murder case gave him a clean chit,former Patiala mayor Jagpal Pradhan,who was reported to have gone underground,Sunday claimed he had no link with the accused family and his name was being dragged by the victims family under a deep-rooted political conspiracy.
Addressing a press conference flanked by his wife,son and daughter-in-law,Pradhan said he was willing to undergo a DNA test to prove his innocence. The victims father,Amarjit Singh Sodhi had alleged Pradhan was the husband of victims mother-in-law Paramjit Kaur and father of one of her daughters. Pradhans wife,Surinder Kaur,said she had no problem in her husband undergoing a DNA test as there is no truth in the charges. Parampreet was found dead on February 22 in Patiala. The SITs findings and Pradhans press conference come just two days before the election of the new mayor.
I have no link with the family. My son is a friend of accused Harpreet (victims husband) and my wife visited them on occasions. I was not present on the scene of the crime, Pradhan said. On going underground after a case was registered against him in the murder,he said,I was too shocked and did not want to hamper the investigations by speaking before the media.
Producing documents - passports,birth certificates and voter cards of Harpreet,his mother Paramjit and her two daughters - Pradhans son Capt Preetinder Singh said in all of them the father and husband was named as Tarlochan Singh. The passports have Tarlochans name so does the joint marriage certificate of Parampreet and Harpreet. The class 10th and 12th certificates of the two sisters also have his name as father, he said.
On the voter card of Paramjit naming Pradhan as the husband,which was produced as evidence by victims father,Pradhan said it was fake. It needs to be investigated how the voter card was made. I had come to know about the fake cards a few months back and went to the SDM office and gave a written representation that all of them be withdrawn, Pradhan said,showing the document and saying it can be verified with the SDMs office.
Claiming a political conspiracy,the family said the the victims uncle who is briefing the media had contested the municipal corporation elections last year on a Congress ticket and lost. Making a veiled attack on the opposition - Patiala is a Congress stronghold with Capt Amarinder Singh as the MLA and his wife,Preneet Kaur as the MP - he said as mayor he was overseeing unprecedented development works in the area and the motive of dragging him into the case was to stall it.
Victim Parampreets father had claimed yesterday that the SIT did not take on record the evidence given by him on Pradhan and that they had given him a clean chit without questioning.