The Special CBI Court on Monday dismissed the bail application of Haryana civil judge (senior division) Ravneet Garg, the prime accused in the Geetanjali murder case in 2013. Garg was arrested by the CBI on September 8 this year for his alleged involvement in the murder of his wife, Geetanjali. The arrest was made three years after the murder, after the CBI investigation pointed at discrepancies in his lie-detection and brain mapping tests.
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Garg’s counsel Vishal Garg Narwana said: “Ravneet has been cooperating in the investigation so far. We will challenge the orders in the Panjab and Haryana High Court.” Garg will continue to remain in judicial custody.
Geetanjali’s bullet-riddled body was found under mysterious circumstances in the high security Police Lines compound in Gurgaon on July 17, 2013. The post-mortem report had indicated that there were three bullet injuries – one in the stomach, the other pierced through the chin and the third injured her neck. There was a head injury also.
Garg (34) had married Geetanjali (30), a Panchkula resident, in 2007 and the couple had two daughters who are presently living with Garg’s family. At the time of the incident, Garg was posted as the chief judicial magistrate, Gurgaon, and was continuing his services as the civil judge (senior division) in Kaithal district courts until his arrest in September.
It was considered a prima facie case of suicide. However, Geetanjali’s parents had alleged that she had been murdered. In August 2013, the case was transferred to the CBI and Garg and his parents were booked under Section 302 (murder), 34 (act done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).