Chief judicial magistrate Rajnish Kumar on Monday granted bail to UT policeman Jaspal Singh Bhullar, accused in a hit-and-run case dating to 2009.
Bail was granted against a bond of Rs 50,000. Bhullar is the accused in a road that led to the death of one Gagandeep Singh (20), a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, on June 27, 2009. The charge sheet against him was filed in 2011.
Bhullar appeared before the court on Monday and furnished bail bonds of Rs 50,000. He was handed over the copy of the challan filed against him, before the court deferred the hearing of the case to August 6, when the case would come up for arguments on framing of charges.
Bhullar, then a sub-inspector, was allegedly driving the car that had knocked down a motorcycle, leading to the death of Gagandeep. UT police had closed the case reportedly in order to shield their inspector.
The victim's family had moved the Punjab and Haryana high court. An inquiry by Haryana police was ordered and fresh investigations in 2011 held Bhullar guilty. The police had then filed a charge sheet in the case and he was transferred to police lines.
Investigations carried out by the UT police held the youth was responsible for the mishap, as a result of which Bhullar was let off. But challenging the theory of the UT police, the family of the victim moved the high court. In July 2011, the high court had ordered the Haryana DGP to nominate two IPS-level officers to reinvestigate the case. The report stated that the SI misused his official position.
On April 10, 2013 the court had issued warrants against Bhullar, after he had failed to appear before the court in two hearings. The court had written to the UT SSP to get the warrants executed and had even written to the UT SSP regarding non-appearance of policemen before it despite summons. The court had also directed the UT SSP to constitute a separate team to ensure that summons are served on police officers.