A court in Abohar on Monday granted permission to police to conduct a lie-detector test on Akali leader and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda and his nephew Amit Doda, both accused in the brutal murder of 27-year-old Dalit Bhim Sen.
The court of judicial magistrate (first class) Jagjit Singh will hear the application for conducting a ‘narco analysis test on the two accused along with Harinder, alias Harry, another accused in the case, on Tuesday.
Bhim Sen’s parents Kaushalya Devi and Kapoor Chand, along with Ranjit Singh, brother of Gurjant Singh, who sustained serious injuries in the attack, had sought a narco test on accused.
The court sent the accused to judicial custody till February 24.
Doda had surrendered 10 days ago at the office of Fazilka senior superintendent of police (SSP) Indermohan Bhatti after the Punjab and Haryana high court denied him anticipatory bail on January 21.
Doda’s anticipatory bail was first rejected by Fazilka additional district and sessions judge Jatinder Walia, following which he moved the high court.
During arguments in the Fazilka court, Doda’s counsel had presented photographs and a video showing him in a Delhi hotel on December 11, the day Bhim was murdered at his farmhouse in Abohar.
Opposing the anticipatory bail application, public prosecutor Navdeep Girdhar had argued: “The call details of Doda and his nephew, Amit, suggest that prime accused Harry had called up Amit before and after the murder. The records seized from Doda’s farmhouse reveal that Bhim was his employee and Harry also worked for the liquor baron. The murder weapons were recovered from another employee of Doda, while several accused among the 26 booked were also found to be his workers.”
Surinder Tinna, counsel for the victim families, said police had substantial evidence against Doda and needed his custody to ascertain his role in the crime.
“Moreover, Bhim’s dying declaration blaming Doda is enough to arrest him,” he said.
After the arguments, Doda’s application was rejected.
The Fazilka police have, so far, arrested 23 accused, while three are on the run. A case under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (armed riot) and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against 17 people, initially. Later, following public outrage, police were forced to add the names of Doda, Amit and seven others in the FIR.