TWO KEY witnesses in the Professor H.S. Sabharwal murder case turned hostile on Monday. Sabharwal was attacked by a mob during students elections at Government Madhav College here on August 26, 2006. He suffered a stroke after the attack and died on his way to hospital.
At the trial at the district and sessions court, college employees Komal Singh Sanger and Manohar Dodia denied that they could identify any of the six accused in the case. Singh said he had seen a mob attack the professor but could not identify the assailants. Dodia said he reached the scene after the attack.
The police had initially registered a case against some unnamed accused. After facing severe criticism, the state government had handed over the case to the CID, which had named six Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad activists as accused. They are the outfit's then state president Shashi Ranjan Akela, Vimal Tomar, Vishal Rajoria, Pankaj Mishra, Hemant Dubey and Sudhir Yadav.
Prosecution counsel Vikram Singh said they would file an application for action against the hostile witnesses. Meanwhile, Sabharwal’s son Himanshu has accused both the accused and the prosecution of trying to scuttle the case.
He told HT the government had failed to make the provision for a special prosecutor and that the CID had not registered Komal Singh’s statements under Section 164 of the IPC to prevent him from turning hostile. He demanded that the trial be shifted to another state.