Cable operator suicide: Judges should record their statements, says Justice Bains

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 10:09 IST

Justice Ajit Singh Bains (retired) on Friday wondered why the judges who were present at the Amritsar seminar and in whose presence cable operator Jaswinder Singh Jassi committed suicide on March 28 did not record their statements before the special investigation team (SIT).

“When the judges have refused to become witnesses, how will a common man come forward? This is wrong. If something has happened before a person, he should come forward,” he said, adding, “A judge (Justice M Jeyapaul) had jumped into a lake to save someone. There is not even a lake to jump into. They (the judges) should come forward.”

Justice Bains is the chairman of Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) that held a press conference at Sector 2 here.

Justice Aftab Alam, chairperson, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Supreme Court and Justice SK Mittal of the high court besides judicial officers of Amritsar were present at the seminar on ‘Regulatory Framework and Dispute Resolution in Telecom, Broadcasting and Cable Services Sectors’ held at Hotel Holiday Inn, Amritsar.

The PHRO pointed out that as judges did not come forward to become complainants, sub-inspector Nishan Singh, who was not an eyewitness, was made the complainant.

“Nishan Singh was deliberately planted as a complainant and he said in the FIR that he was present at the seminar, whereas in the video footage he was not visible. Also, the suicide note, as per the video footage, was given to the judges on the dais and yet the FIR says it was found in the hands of the victim. All these things are being done to ensure acquittal of the accused,” said Sarabjit Singh Verka, principal investigator of the PHRO.

Verka told mediapersons that when members of their organisation met ADCP crime Harjit Singh Brar who is part of the SIT, he said the SIT had approached the judges and judicial members who were present at the seminar to record their statements but they refused saying they did not want to get involved. He said a judicial officer who was present at the seminar later heard the case for police remand of the accused, whereas she should have recused.

The PHRO has written to the judges appealing them “to come forward and provide justice to the family and to restore faith of the general public in judicial system”.

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