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Sarpanch death: Notices to CBI on Sharma’s plea for anticipatory bail

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a petition filed by Zile Ram Sharma,the on-the-run former Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary,seeking anticipatory bail

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: April 8, 2014 2:59:35 pm

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a petition filed by Zile Ram Sharma,the on-the-run former Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary,seeking anticipatory bail. The court,however,refused to stay Sharma’s arrest and deferred the case for resumed hearing on Friday.

Sharma along with O P Jain,an independent MLA from Panipat,is facing charges of abetment to suicide in the death of the Kambopura village sarpanch. Unlike Jain,Sharma had not applied for anticipatory bail in a lower court

Last month a special CBI Court in Panchkula had issued non-bailable warrants against the duo. In its chargesheet,the CBI had blamed Jain,Zile Ram and his personal assistant Rajender Sharma for the death of sarpanch Karam Singh,whose body was found under mysterious circumstances in June 2011. The CBI had registered the case on September 25,2012,on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana HC.

Singh was found with 58 puncture wounds near a Christian cemetery in Karnal on June 7,2011. He was taken to the government hospital,Karnal,where he was declared dead.

“These injuries have been wished away as self-inflicted,and the thing,which disturbs the court,is that a person would not go on a jabbing spree like this to inflict injuries upon himself. While most of them are on abdomen,one or two injuries are at places where it is difficult for a righthanded person to inflict a jab,” the High Court had ruled while ordering a CBI probe into the mysterious death.

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