After evading arrest for about five months, head constable Harminder Singh, the fifth accused in the suicide case of excise and taxation officer (ETO) Ranjit Singh, surrendered in a local court here on Saturday.
The court sent him to judicial custody till January 28.
Harminder, 42, a resident of Samrala, stayed with his relatives during the period of hiding and surrendered after he failed to get the anticipatory bail.
The SAS Nagar police, following a court order in August 2012, had booked SP Amandeep Kaur, who was then posted with the Punjab vigilance bureau (VB), head constable Harminder Singh and traders Rajinder Singh, Rajiv Sood and Paramjit Singh who acted as complainants in the fake VB trap against the ETO.
The accused were booked for abetting the ETO's suicide, besides for other offences, in the FIR registered at the Phase 1 police station, SAS Nagar. The ETO, Ranjit Singh, was falsely implicated in March 2011 and had committed suicide a month later while on bail.
With his surrender, all five accused are in judicial custody.