In a setback to Haryana MLAs Om Prakash Jain and Zile Ram Sharma, accused of abetting the suicide by former sarpanch of Kambopura village in Karnal, the Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed their anticipatory bail petitions and directed them to surrender before the special CBI court, Panchkula, within a week.
The orders came from the court headed by justice Daya Chaudhary on Thursday while pronouncing the judgment on the petitions filed by Panipat rural MLA Om Prakash Jain and Assandh (Karnal) MLA Zile Ram Sharma.
The special CBI court Panchkula had rejected Jain's bail petition on August 21 and had on August 30 issued non-bailable warrants against him and Sharma when they had failed to appear before the court. Both the MLAs, who were on the run, had then approached the high court on September 6 and it was then that the high court had put stay on their arrest.
Jain was one of the seven independent MLAs to help the Congress form the government in Haryana in 2009. Sharma was one of the five Haryana Janhit Congress MLAs who joined the Congress after the election results. Jain was later inducted as state transport minister and Sharma as chief parliamentary secretary. Both had resigned from their posts on June 9, 2011, after protests by Karam Singh's family.
Former sarpanch, Karam Singh, 60, was found dead on June 7, 2011, at Karnal. An FIR was registered on the same day under sections 302 (murder) 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC at the Civil Lines police station, Karnal. Later, the special investigating team had ruled out murder, declaring that it was a suicide. However, on the request of deceased's son Rajinder, the high court had handed over the probe to the CBI on August 30 last year.