Former Punjab cabinet minister Sucha Singh Langah surrendered before a local court in Gurdaspur on Wednesday afternoon and was sent to police custody for five days. He was booked in a Rape case last Friday and had been evading arrest since then.
This was the second time Langah managed to appear before a local court, while the police were on a hunt to arrest him. Prior to this, on Monday, he appeared before a local court in Chandigarh, where he had spent more that one and half hour.
The Punjab Police had been facing flak for not being able to nab him after the case was registered and also when he came to the Chandigarh district court to file an application for surrender on October 2. Langah was booked by the police on the night of September 28 after a woman gave a complaint that the Akali leader had allegedly been raping her repeatedly since 2009. The police had booked Langah under sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
On October 2, the Chandigarh district court had rejected the application of Langah for surrender in connection with the rape case registered against him by the Gurdaspur police. Langah had dubbed the rape case lodged against him as “false” and accused a Congress MLA of getting him booked.
Police had demanded ten days remand from the court in the rape case against Langah.
The Court meanwhile has instructed the police to conduct a medical examination of the accused on a daily basis, as Langah has stated in his surrender application that he fears that he might be tortured in Police custody.