Charges framed against Punjab DGP, four others

  • Bahadurjeet Singh, Hindustan Times, Rupnagar
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2014 23:48 IST

A local court on Tuesday framed charges against Punjab director general of Police(DGP) SK Sharma and three other former police officers in the fake encounter case of Amrali village resident Kuldip Singh in 1991.

Rupnagar sessions court judge Amarjot Bhatti framed charges under section 364 (Kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 302(murder), 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender), 120-B( Criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code(IPC) against then station house officer(SHO) of Morinda, SK Sharma; then deputy inspector general(retd)Balkar Singh, retd police officer SPS Basra, assistant sub inspector(retd) Gurcharan Singh.

Kuldip’s father, Ajaib Singh, had alleged that his son, aged 21 and a student of Punjabi University, was picked up by the police on October 24, 1990 from Krishna Mandi area of Morinda town where he along with his cousin sister, Jasbir Kaur, had gone to buy medicines.

Ajaib Singh ran from pillar to post to locate his son while the police denied that Kuldeep was in its custody.

On May 15, 1991, Ajaib Singh read newspaper reports regarding the statement issued on behalf of SK Sharma that one Kuldip of Amrali village, falling under the Morinda police station, was wanted in many cases of extortion, robbery and dacoity and was killed in an encounter on May 1 at village Tholiwal under Barnala Police station.

Ajaib Singh then approached the authorities for justice, but to no avail. Finally, a case was registered under Section 364 and 34 Indian Penal Code(IPC) on August 13, 1998 at Morinda Police Station.

However, after investigations police filed cancellation report in the court but Ajaib Singh dissented with the same and filed protest petition in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Rupnagar. On the protest petition, which was treated as complaint, the court summoned SK Sharma and other accused under section 364, 34 of IPC vide its order passed on August 28,2010.

The court has fixed July 14 as next date of hearing for recording of evidence in the case.

The court also granted anticipatory bail to the accused SK Sharma, Balkar Singh and Gurcharan Singh under section 302, 201, 120-B of the IPC. They were already on bail in other sections. All the accused were present in the court on Tuesday.

The accused SPS Basra was brought from Patiala Jail, here he is undergoing punishment in the Kuljit Singh Dhatt fake encounter case.

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