A local court on Wednesday acquitted Jaswinder Singh alias Rocky who was facing trial in the eight-year-old Dimpy murder case. As the prosecution failed to prove its case against Singh, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal acquitted Singh of the charges of murder of Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, which took place in Chandigarh in July 2006.
Singh, who remained absconding from the court for more than a year and was declared a proclaimed offender (PO), appeared before the local court on January 6 when he was formally arrested by the Punjab Police. He was brought on production warrants from Fazilka by the Chandigarh Police.
The hearing of the case was at the final stage in the court and was set for orders in 2012 when the accused had jumped bail and was then declared a PO.
The case which dates back to 2006 raised many eyebrows when the challan was filed by the Chandigarh Police in October 2008 which virtually absolved the alleged main accused, Mukhtar Ansari. Following this, the then Senior Superintendent of Police S S Srivastava in February 2009 ordered a re-look into the challan submitted in the court. The police also failed to define the role of Harneev Dhillon, one of the suspects and main eyewitness in the case. The police also did not mention the role or the statement given by Dhillon despite including her name on the list of eyewitnesses. Dhillon was also taken for a narco-analysis and brain-mapping test.
Rocky was arrested on July 28, 2008, for allegedly being a part of the conspiracy to eliminate Dimpy. A .45 bore US (army)-made pistol was recovered from his possession.
The police submitted the challan after they arrested Rocky from Sector 11 and claimed to have recovered the weapon used in the crime. However, after being acquitted on Wednesday, Singh said he was falsely implicated in the case by two officers of Chandigarh Police. He said that he was in Delhi when his arrest was shown from Chandigarh.
In 2012, a Chandigarh court had issued non-bailable warrants against Jaswinder Singh, after he failed to appear in the court. Rocky was out on bail and failed to appear in the court in more than five hearings and was then declared a PO in December 2012.
Dimpy, 42, a notorious gangster who was facing over a dozen charges of contract killing and abduction, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne assailants on July 7, 2006. He was shot dead near the Lake Club while he was in his car with Dhillon, who was also injured.
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