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Prabhjit Singh, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 04, 2013
In an exemplary move, the SAS Nagar district court on Wednesday accepted the cancellation report of the Punjab vigilance bureau (VB) for quashing of an FIR related to the arrest of an excise and taxation officer (ETO) in the March 2011 trap case, which was found to be fake. ETO Ranjit Singh had committed suicide soon after his release from jail a month later.

The VB, in its plea in the court of additional district and sessions judge PP Singh, had asked for the cancellation of the FIR on the basis of a high-level inquiry that exposed the trap as fake.

The inquiry, conducted by IAS officer Manasvi Kumar and IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu, had recommended immediate suspension and arrest of the two cops -- superintendent of police (SP) Amandeep Kaur and her conduit head constable Harminder Singh.

The court will now take up the matter of framing of charges against the cops and three other accused, including two traders.

The counsel for the SP on Wednesday argued in the court that the inquiry report on the basis of which the VB had submitted its cancellation report should not be considered.

The VB and the counsel for the deceased ETO's wife Manjit Kaur had stressed for the quashing of the FIR lodged in the trap case on the basis of the inquiry that was conducted on the orders of the chief secretary as directed by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The court will now consider the framing of charges against SP Amandeep Kaur, head constable Harminder Singh and the three other accused.

The SAS Nagar police had registered the case against the accused in August 2012 after a special investigation team found them guilty.

The SP, after evading arrest for about five months, was finally arrested as she "surrendered" on July 7, 2013.

All the accused are currently out on bail.