A Punjab and Haryana high court bench has directed the district and sessions judge, Amritsar, to send a fresh status report in the 2004 mass suicide by an Amritsar family, in which the then SSP Kultar Singh is facing allegations.
The single judge bench of justice Navita Singh sought a fresh status report on a petition by Sarabjit Singh, a human rights activist, who had sought directions from the court for conducting a comprehensive inquiry by a high court judge regarding removing of thousands of documents from the judicial file in the Amritsar court, delay in the reconstruction of the missing files and action against those involved in the episode.
In 2012, it came to light that some crucial documents had gone missing from the court file. Around 610 pages were reconstructed in the case on the directions of the high court in 2013. However, when the requisitioned record was perused during a hearing in the high court recently, these pages were again found missing, the petitioner has alleged.
On the intervening night of October 30-31, 2004, Hardip Singh of Chowk Karori in the walled city, along with his wife, mother and two children, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison. Before taking the extreme step, the family had written the reason for committing suicide on the walls of the rooms of their house and had even posted suicide notes to their friends. On the basis of these notes, the police had registered a case of abetment to suicide against four relatives of Hardip Singh and arrested them.
There were references also to Kultar Singh, who was the Amritsar SSP at the time of the incident, in the suicide notes and he is facing allegations that he was responsible for the family taking the extreme step. Kultar Singh has since retired.