An attempt to outsmart the court by a Mohali Sub-Inspector has cost him dear.
On being unable to locate a prosecution witness in a murder case,the Sub-Inspector produced another person with the same name on his behalf,apparently thinking he would get away with it. The judge,however,soon found out and ordered the police to book a case of cheating by impersonation and submitting false evidence in the court.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Dilbagh Singh Johal has directed the SHO of Police Station,Mataur,to book Sub-Inspector Lakhvir Singh,currently posted at Police Station City Kharar,under Section 419 (cheating by personation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In a murder case involving six accused,Lakhvir (who was the Investigating Officer for the case) had been directed by the court to procure the presence of prosecution witnesses Amritpal Singh and Manoj Passy on November 12. Lakhvir reported that Passy had left his given address and that the summons to Amritpal had been served.
But on Amritpals examination,it was found he was a wrestler from Rurki village in Fatehgarh Sahib district and not the actual witness,who was Amritpal Singh,son of Nachattar Singh,from the same village. The fact came to light because a statement by the actual witness was already on record with his photograph,and had in fact been recorded by IO Lakhvir.
The wrestler told the judge that he had been asked to impersonate the actual witness and give a statement by the Sub-Inspector. The S-I thought he could get away with it because normally the photograph of the witness is not placed on record. This proves that the police show their inaction at every step of the case,and instead of investigating thoroughly,try to fabricate evidence, said Navinpal Saini,counsel for one of the accused.
Lakhvir Singh has knowingly substituted one person for another and thereby cheated this court, read the order. The court has also directed the ahlmad (criminal) to file a complaint against Lakhvir for submitting false evidence under Section 195 of the IPC.
The court then ordered that summons would be sent again to the two witnesses along with copies of their identity proof,with a direction to depute some special messenger to get their presence.
Well register a case as soon as I go through the order, said SHO N P S Lehal.
Recently,the Vigilance Bureau had caught ASI Shingara Singh from the same police station (City Kharar station) in a bribery case.
Gagandeep Singh Dhillon