SLAIN PROFESSOR H S Sabharwal’s son Himanshu Sabharwal on Thursday claimed that there was a third eyewitness to his father’s ‘murder’. He, however, refused to give more details except that he would soon produce the witness before the CID and the media.
Addressing media persons in Bhopal for the first time after the ‘killing’ of Prof Sabharwal in Ujjain, Himanshu lamented the CID failure to nail the accused till now whereas he was able to find out several evidences, including the latest eyewitness, without any training in police investigation.
Himanshu showed a clipping in which a local cameraman named Shadab was seen at the scene of the alleged murder – apparently recording the incident. He said the cameraman was neither interrogated nor was there any effort to get the footage, which could be a clinching evidence of the murder.
Reiterating his demand for a CBI inquiry, the slain professor’s son was all of praise for CBI ADG Vijay Raman. The senior officer, he said, seems to be sincere in his efforts. He, however, once again refused to meet Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan saying that there was no point meeting him as the CM seemed to have preconceived notions about the case.
Himanshu also protested comments made by individuals and organisations in the matter – especially the ‘advise’ of former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sunderlal Patwa that he (Himanshu) should not fall ‘prey to game of politics’.
Condemning the statement, Sabharwal junior said he was not politicising the issue. If someone was politicising the matter it was the BJP and the RSS – which in its mouthpiece ‘Panchajanya’ prejudged the incident of killing as ‘accident’ and absolved the ABVP saying that the organisation was being framed, he alleged.
The ABVP, he alleged, was trying to draw the mileage by claiming its office-bearers had surrendered and organising rallies to demand release of the ‘innocent’ leaders, he alleged. Himanshu also mentioned that the case filed by him in Supreme Court has been clubbed with the hearing of the Lyngdoh Committee on Students’ Council Elections.
Himanshu strongly denied any plan to join political party. “However, now (since the death of his father) I cannot look at issues like Sati and others passively and I would certainly like to do something to make a difference, though I am not sure what exactly I would do,’’ Himanshu said. After the Ujjain incident he has been meeting leaders of several political parties like Sonia Gandhi, L K Advani, Arun Jaitley, Janata Dal leaders, Samajwadi Party leaders and others as also politicians were meeting him and his family. ``But this does not mean I am about to join any party,’’ he clarified.