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Punjab drops charges against 2 PPS officers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 10, 2014
First Published: 10:21 IST(10/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:23 IST(10/4/2014)

The Punjab government has dropped the charges against Punjab Police Service officers Varinder Pal Singh and Manpreet Singh in a case in which one Jaspal Singh was killed in police firing in Gurdaspur on March 2, 2012.

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The information was submitted by principal secretary home affairs and justice SS Channy to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday.

The court was informed that the inquiry conducted by retired additional district and sessions judge BC Gupta had concluded that the charges levelled against Varinder Pal Singh, then senior superintendent of police at Gurdaspur, and Manpreet Singh, then deputy superintendent of police, Gurdaspur, were not found correct.

Though state inspector general of police (crime) G Nageshwara Rao, who is heading a special investigating team ( SIT) looking into the case, submitted a status report in a sealed cover, he further sought six weeks to complete the probe.

Granting six weeks more to the SIT, the court directed it that in case the chargesheet was filed by the next date of hearing, it be placed on record.

The FIR in the case, in which one Ranjit Singh was also injured in police firing, was registered on March 29, 2012, at Gurdaspur police station.

The case will come up for hearing on April 24.

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