A CITY court will, on Saturday, pronounce its verdict on a retired senior police officer charged with killed a 30-year-old man in a police station. HPSingh, as Station House Officer of Preet Vihar police station, 17 years ago, was allegedly inebriated when he fractured the spinal cord of victim Subhash and caused his death.
If convicted by Additional Session Judge Rajinder Kumar under section 304 (unintentional murder), Singh might get a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. In a similar case, the same court had sentenced an ACP-rank police officer to death last November.
The prosecution’s case is that Subhash had mistakenly rung the door bell of his landlord instead of his own at 10 pm on January 3, 1990.
The landlord, Budh Prakash, a resident of Preet Vihar, and his two sons then beat up Subhash, who was drunk.
The police were called and an FIR lodged against Subhash under the Delhi Police Act. There was no case against the landlord for beating up Subhash, who approached SHO Singh for help. The chargesheet said Singh got annoyed with Subhash instead and administered the fatal beating.
The police then reportedly rushed him to Lok Nayak Hospital where he died. The police then registered a case under section 304 (unintentional murder) against the landlord.
At the court’s orders, the case was transferred to Vigilance. Another inspector deposed as an eyewitness against the SHO and Singh was booked, while the landlord was relieved of the murder charges.