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Cloud over eyewitness?s credibility

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 02:36 IST
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IN AN important development in Professor Sabharwal murder case, sole witness Komal Singh Sengar was taken from his home by Congress leader and former MLA Rajendra Bharti late on Tuesday evening, raising doubts about his credibility.

Sources said Bharti reached the Desai Nagar house of Komal Singh and took him out even as the security personnel posted outside protested. However, Komal interjected saying that he was going voluntarily and not under any duress. Unconvinced, the security men informed their higher-ups.

Bharti reportedly took Komal to the residence of a former principal, Shiv Sharma, where the policemen followed them. Komal Singh later returned home.

Confirming the incident Superintendent of Police Jaideep Prasad said that this matter would be reported to the concerned court. On being queried, Komal Singh maintained that he had gone willingly to talk about Professor Sabaharwal’s killing, but his assertion did not hold any water. The incident has raised doubts about the prime eyewitness being under influence of Congress leaders.

Bharti, meanwhile, claimed that he had gone to meet Komal Singh just to boost his morale. “On his (Komal’s) request, I took him to Shiv Sharma’s residence as he was feeling confined at home,” Bharti asserted.

Meanwhile, a large number of ABVP workers reached the SP’s office after hearing of the incident and protested that Congress was pressurising the eyewitness.

It may be recalled that it was at Komal Singh’s instance that the police filed a case of murder under Section 302 in the incident. Moreover, the two ABVP leaders - Shashiranjan Akela and Vimal Tomar - were named as accused after Komal Singh identified them before the CID. Armed guards were deployed at Komal’s house after he demanded security cover.