March 20, 2012 1:17:42 am
Statements of nine people were recorded in the Khushpreet kidnapping and murder case in a local court on Monday.
The statement of Suresh Kumar,a Sector 34 businessman to whom Sukhdev had paid Rs 10,000 for sanitary items he had bought after receiving the ransom money,was recorded. Vyom Sukheja,manager of OBC bank where the accused had deposited money in Sureshs account after receiving the ransom,also deposed in court.
Manoj Kumar,an RLA employee,told the court that the motorcycle on which the ransom was taken was registered in the name of Amarjeet while the scooter which was used to dispose of the body belonged to Sangeeta Talwar. The statements of Kumar Manoj,nodal officer of Reliance who submitted the call details of the accused,and Punjab Police Sub-Inspector Sukhwinder Singh,who checked the area where Khushpreets body was recovered,were also recorded.
S K Jain,deputy director,CFSL,who led the forensic team,told the court that he had collected the samples in the case. Kharar-based jeweller Hitesh Kumar,with whom Sukhdev had mortgaged two gold earrings,deposed before the court that he (Sukhdev) had paid some Rs 8,000 to him in December 2010 for returning the earrings.
Also,revenue officer Joginder Pal Singh told the court that the accused had deposited Rs 23,175 to pay his outstanding electricity bill. Ranbir Singh,reader of Sector 34 Police station,also got the copy of the DDR and FIR checked in the court.
The case will next come up for hearing on April 20. Eight witnesses have been summoned for examination of their statements on that day. In response to the application moved by the prosecution,seeking trial on a day-to-day basis,the court ensured speedy examination of case and frequent hearings. Forty witnesses have been questioned so far.
Five-year-old Khushpreet Singh,son of a dairy owner,was allegedly kidnapped and subsequently murdered by his neighbour on December 21,2010,near his house in Burail. His body was recovered from Mohali. Khushpreet was not released despite his family paying a ransom of Rs 4 lakh.
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