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Ex-sarpanch death case: 3 witnesses turn hostile

In a setback to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), three witnesses turned hostile in an abetment to suicide case registered against former Haryana transport minister Om Prakash Jain and former chief parliamentary secretary Zile Ram Sharma.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:16 IST
HT Correspondent

In a setback to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), three witnesses turned hostile in an abetment to suicide case registered against former Haryana transport minister Om Prakash Jain and former chief parliamentary secretary Zile Ram Sharma.

Sunil, Sultan and Dilsher Singh turned hostile and retracted from their earlier statements, refusing to have paid any money to the leaders for a job in the state police.

Advocate SPS Parmar and Abhishek Rana, the counsels of the accused, said that all three witnesses did not support the version of CBI.

On August 8, 2013, the CBI had filed a charge-sheet against three people - including the two Haryana MLAs - in the death of Karam Singh, ex-sarpanch of Kambopura village, Karnal. The agency had termed Karam's death as suicide and had filed the chargesheet against the two leaders and Rajinder Sharma, personal assistant of Jain, under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

The complainant is the case was Rajinder, son of Karam. The chargesheet states that the victim had paid `4.95 lakh to Zile Ram Sharma for relative Sunil's job. He also paid `3 lakh for his son Rajinder's job and `4.5 lakh for one Sandeep's job.

The chargesheet adds that both Jain and Sharma used to take money to arrange jobs for people.

In this case, no one got any jobs and the victim repeatedly asked the leaders to return his money, but in vain.

A dejected Karam then reportedly committed suicide on June 7, 2011, the chargesheet states, adding that even a polygraph test of the MLAs had proved that they were lying.

When the allegations surfaced, Jain was the transport minister while Zile Ram Sharma was CPS and both had to resign.

Rajinder Singh, Karam's son, alleged that his father was found dumped near a British-era cemetery in Karnal on June 7, 2011. He was rushed to the Karnal civil hospital, but breathed his last the same day.

THE CASE

" On August 8, 2013, the CBI had filed a charge-sheet against three people - including the two Haryana MLAs - in the death of Karam Singh, ex-sarpanch of Kambopura village, Karnal.

" The agency had termed Karam's death as suicide and had filed the chargesheet against the two leaders and Rajinder Sharma, personal assistant of Jain, under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

" The chargesheet states that the victim had paid `4.95 lakh to Zile Ram Sharma for relative Sunil's job. He also paid `3 lakh for his son Rajinder's job and `4.5 lakh for one Sandeep's job.

" In this case, no one got any jobs and the victim repeatedly asked the leaders to return his money, but in vain