Trouble for Punjab ex-DGP Saini as 2 former UT cops flip approver in Multani case

Sanjay Bumbroo

Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18

In a setback to former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, a neighborhood courtroom has authorized the appliance of two former UT cops and co-accused to develop into approvers within the disappearance case of Balwant Singh Multani, on Tuesday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Deepika Singh accepted the appliance of former cops, Inspector Jagir Singh and Assistant Sub Inspector Kuldeep Singh, to develop into approvers and pardoned within the Multani case.

The two cops have additionally vouched as eyewitnesses within the case and of their assertion within the courtroom have additionally alleged to have been eyewitness to the torture to Multani underneath custody of former DGP Saini and his shifting in a Gypsy in an unconscious state. They additionally alleged that later they have been instructed that Multani went lacking. The two cops have been additionally allegedly requested to declare Multani as lacking and absconded, following the orders of DGP which they did, they alleged earlier than the courtroom. 

Now, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is all set so as to add Section 302 of the IPC to the FIR registered in opposition to former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini at Mataur police station within the alleged disappearance of former CITCO worker Balwant Singh Multani.

According to the courtroom orders, the SIT must give three days’ prior discover to Saini after including Section 302 to the FIR. Saini is on the bail within the case.

The three co-accused former UT cops, then inspector Jagir Singh, sub inspector Harsahai Sharma and Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Kuldeep, Singh had filed an utility within the courtroom searching for permission to show approvers and be pardoned within the ongoing probe in opposition to them within the Multani case. However, the courtroom of CJM on August 7 turned down their plea for the wish to method from the right channel — that’s the investigating company the Special Investigating Team (SIT) — which might make a request to the courtroom tendering for pardon for the accused.

The SIT with the help of particular public prosecutor Sartej Singh Narula and district lawyer Sanjiv Batra on August 14 had moved an utility on behalf of the three accused to declare them approver after which the courtroom declared two out of three as approvers.

Narula stated the appliance for making the previous UT cops approvers was filed to claim that it was essential to unearth the crime that happened in secret inside 4 partitions of the police station or which it’s essential to declare the co-accused as approvers. “So, sustaining our plea the court declared former inspector Jagir Singh and ASI Kuldeep Singh as approvers,” he stated, including the approvers are co-accused who’ve been declared witnesses and are granted pardon underneath Section 306, CrPC. The proceedings to grant them pardon might be heard on August 22.

All the three UT cops had recorded their statements underneath Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) earlier than the judicial magistrates on completely different dates in Mohali, just lately.   

Inspector Jagir Singh can be co-accused together with Inspector Anokh Singh in one other FIR registered at Kharar Sadar police station on July 27 on fees of fabricating the evidences booked underneath Section 195-A (fabricating proof) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the criticism of Kharar (Sadar) station home officer, inspector Sukhvir Singh. Anokh Singh and Jagir Singh are additionally co-accused within the earlier FIR registered at Mataur police station in opposition to former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini.

Inspector Anokh Singh was arrested by Mohali police in opposition to contemporary FIR and after taking him on three days police remand, he was despatched to judicial custody. Anokh Singh and Jagir Singh are on bail on this case.

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