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Anuradha murder case: Accused seeks regular bail

Banking on the ‘contradictions’ in the statement made by witnesses before the trial court in the Anuradha murder case,Baljinder Singh alias Tala...

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 26, 2009 1:26:12 am

Banking on the ‘contradictions’ in the statement made by witnesses before the trial court in the Anuradha murder case,Baljinder Singh alias Tala,husband of the deceased,has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding regular bail. The high court has in turn issued notices to the Chandigarh Police asking it to file its reply.

Baljinder has claimed he is the “victim of an over-zealous investigating agency which,to sensationalise a murder,upturned the tables towards him who informed the investigating agency after he discovered the murder of his wife”.

Baljinder is in custody for more than ten months now. He has also challenged the investigation carried out by the Chandigarh Police in the case. “The manner in which the investigation has taken place has brought forth many chinks in the armour and has exposed the maliciousness with which the investigating agency has progressed in this case. Any evidence supporting the faint allegation of conspiracy is conspicuously missing in the instant case even after the material witnesses stand deposed,” reads the plea filed by Baljinder.

He had applied for regular bail before the trial court which was dismissed. Baljinder has further submitted that two prime witnesses,Noor Kataria and Oshin,have stated in the trial court that their statements were given in forced circumstances. “Noor Kataria has stated that as she was in the custody of the police in another case of forged licence,she had to bow before the dictates of the police and said what they wanted her to. The daughter of the deceased also has deposed on the similar lines,” the petition reads.

Raising eyebrows over the credibility of the statements made by the witnesses,Baljinder has submitted: “The evidence reveals that the marriage of the petitioner and the deceased was a love marriage,against the wishes of the family. In this background,the venom spitted out by them cannot be relied upon as a gospel of truth. Moreover,the bickering between the husband and wife as suggested by them cannot provide a link to the motive. The manner in which the witnesses have hugely improved themselves again puts a question mark over their credibility.”

Anuradha’s body was found with her throat slit in her bedroom on the first floor of the duplex in Sector 38 in May last year. Baljinder and two others were arrested by the Chandigarh Police on the ground that he had hatched a conspiracy to murder his wife in connivance with their domestic help. Charges against the trio have already been framed by the lower court.

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