A local court in Moga has acquitted Moga Congress MLA Joginderpal Jain and eight of his associates in an attempt to murder case registered against them during the panchayat elections held here in May 2008.
Additional Sessions Judge Sukhwinder Kaur on Friday ordered the acquittal of Jain and others in the case registered against them under various sections of the IPC and the Arms Act.
The defence counsel during the hearing on Friday observed that the complainant Guriqbal Singh and his brother, failed to turn up to testify and noted that they were declared proclaimed offenders in another case pending against them.
Earlier, Guriqbal Singh had maintained that his brother, Gurjinder Singh, both SAD activists, were contesting panchayat elections from Ramoonwala Kalan village and MLA Joginderpal Jain and his other associates had attempted to disrupt the polling process there.
The complainant had also alleged that the accused first opened fire on his brother at a polling booth and then his associates attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. He had also said in his complaint that the MLA tried to crush his brother under his car.
Jain in his statement, however, claimed that he had rushed to the village on receiving complaints from Congress party workers that the SAD activists were indulging in booth capturing and stones were hurled at his vehicle when he showed up.
Soon after the incident Jain moved the court of the then Additional Sessions Judge here who granted him an interim bail.
The case was then transferred to another Judge here who rejected Jain's bail application in September 2008 on the plea that the MLA had failed to cooperate with officials.
Later on, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, on November 11, 2008 confirmed Jain's bail application when he moved the High Court after his bail plea was turned down by the Moga court.