The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Punjab government on a petition by Gurdev Singh Bhullar, a key witness in the cable operator suicide case of Amritsar.
The single-judge bench of justice Surinder Gupta also directed the petitioner, who is also a cable operator, to approach the Amritsar deputy commissioner of police in case he needed security before the next date of hearing. Bhullar has also been directed to supply evidences he wished to share with the court by the next date of hearing on May 28.
Bhullar approached the high court seeking directions for providing him security by some central agency such as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) since he apprehended threat to his life not only from accused but also from the police. Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), Amritsar, Harjit Singh Brar, who is also heading a special investigation team (SIT) in the case, was approached to record his statement as a prosecution witness and furnish evidence, including video CD and other material evidence on a local court’s direction. However, the officer threatened to eliminate him and asked not to pursue the case, the petitioner submitted, alleging that it was being done at the behest of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the home portfolio.
The deceased cable operator, Jaswinder Singh, who committed suicide, was active on social media, including WhatsApp, and used to share his problems, harassments and sufferings at the hands of Sarabjit Singh (Raju), an accused in the suicide case, on the social media. The petitioner stated that the deceased was a prosecution witness in the Siti Cable sex scandal and was threatened by the accused to turn hostile, Bhullar submitted. Jaswinder Singh Jassi attempted suicide on March 28 during a meeting of TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal), held at a hotel in Amritsar in the presence of judges. Jassi, who died in a hospital two days later, left behind a suicide note in which he accused Raju, among others of ruining his cable business and causing him financial losses.
Jassi had also accused Fastway cable network owner Gurdip Singh of ruining his cable business. Raju is in charge of Fastway operations in Amritsar and Gurdip is close to ruling party leaders of Punjab.