Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Hawara, who is lodged in Tihar Jail, Delhi, on Tuesday was acquitted in a case registered against him under the Explosives Act.
Hawara was produced before the court of additional sessions judge Sanjiv Joshi, through video-conferencing, while his counsel Jaspal Singh Manjhpur was present in the court.
Hawara, one of the assassins of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, was booked by the Focal Point police station, Ludhiana, on January 28, 1995, under Sections 4 and 5 of the Explosives Act. The police claimed to have recovered 7kg RDX and 12kg gelatin from Hawara. The police had produced the chargesheet in the court in 2006.
Meanwhile, the trial of the case was stopped temporarily following the trial of the case of assassination of Beant Singh. On March 30, 2011, the charges were framed against Hawara.
Court employee Prabhjit Singh, inspector Narinderjit Singh, inspector Gurinderjit Singh, inspector Shiv Charan, ASI Kuldeep Singh and constable Ravinder Singh were produced in the court as witnesses.
Manjhpur said only police officials were produced as witnesses, while no witness from the public was produced. The witnesses who had recorded their statements differed from one another that went in favour of Hawara, he added.
The advocate said the court of judicial magistrate Atul Kamboj had also acquitted Hawara in a case under the Arms Act on August 31, 2012.