Another U-turn by complainant in graft case against ex-AIG

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2014 13:12 IST

Offering to reveal truth, Nishant Sharma, a former office-bearer of Shiv Sena (Hindustan) and complainant in graft case against former assistant inspector general (AIG) of Punjab Police PS Sandhu on Wednesday alleged that he was being threatened and pressurised to depose against Sandhu.

After turning hostile during the last hearing of the case, Nishant on Wednesday requested the court to allow him to record his statement afresh, which was declined by CBI special judge Vimal Kumar.

Nishant told the court, “I have been tortured and pressurised. My parents have been threatened and I also face threat to life.”

Without naming anyone, Nishant told the court, “Those against Sandhu, who don’t want him to be promoted, are threatening and pressurising me to depose against Sandhu.”

However, Nishant denied that Sandhu had ever threatened him. His cross-examination had to be deferred after he reported being unwell. The next hearing of the case will be July 7.

It is pertinent to mention that on April 22, Nishant had denied that the voice in the recordings placed
as evidence by CBI in the case were his own. Nishant, while testifying before the court, had claimed to have left the venue from where the AIG was arrested by the CBI soon after the trap was laid, thus, the voice in the post-trap recordings cannot be his, he claimed.

He claimed that no post-trap proceedings were done in front of him as claimed by the CBI.

On July 13, 2011, the CBI arrested AIG PS Sandhu, who was posted as the AIG (internal vigilance cell) at the Punjab Police headquarters at that time, was allegedly caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from Nishant at Café Coffee Day in Sector 28. According to allegations, Sandhu had demanded the bribe for favouring Nishant in an inquiry pending against him. Sandhu had earlier allegedly demanded Rs 3 lakh, but when Nishant expressed inability to pay the amount, they settled the deal at Rs 50,000.

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