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CBI yet to take over Sippy murder case, official rigmarole to blame

The probe into the murder of 34-year-old lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh ‘Sippy’ has hit a roadblock with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yet to take over the case from Chandigarh Police.

punjab Updated: Feb 01, 2016 21:11 IST
Gurpreet Singh Chhina

The probe into the murder of 34-year-old lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh ‘Sippy’ has hit a roadblock with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yet to take over the case from Chandigarh Police.

The case was transferred to the investigating agency on January 22. Sources in the CBI say the agency is yet to take over the case as it is waiting for a notification from the Chandigarh administration. And even if the UT administration issues a notification, a nod from the Union government has to be sought for officially transferring the case to the CBI, sources added.

Sources say the delay will affect the probe as in such heinous crimes, evidence of preliminary stage is required. Giving an example, CBI sources said for such probes, the agency requires latest call details of the suspect and tower location of different cell phones, along with dump data (how many phones were active in the area where the crime had taken place).

Besides, technical and circumstantial evidences can be destroyed if there is delay in the probe, making it difficult for the investigating agency to procure the same from the telecom companies.

In such a scenario, the CBI will have to depend on the evidence g athered by the Chandigarh Police, said sources.

On January 22, the then station house officer (SHO) of the Sector 26 police station, Poonam Dilawari, appeared before a court during a hearing on an application filed by the police seeking a lie-detection and brain-mapping test of a judge’s daughter, who is a suspect in the case, and said the case had been transferred to the CBI. The court then deferred the case to February 12.

Sources say the Chandigarh Police have to continue with the probe to collect more evidences before the case is officially transferred to the CBI. POLICE PROBE

Sippy was shot dead at a park in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on September 20. The police claimed that a .12-bore gun was used in the crime from which four bullets were fired. A special investigating team (SIT) was constituted to crack the case.

On the day of the incident, a woman eyewitness, who lived near the crime scene, had reportedly told the police that she had seen a girl running away from the spot after she heard gunshots. The police had questioned Sippy’s friends, including a high court judge’s daughter.

The police had moved an application before a local court and sought permission to conduct brain-mapping and liedetection tests on the judge’s daughter, who is suspect in the case.

WHAT FAMILY SAYS

Sippy’s brother Jippy Sidhu, who spearheaded the campaign against UT police, said they were yet to receive a communication from the CBI confirming that the probe had started. “We have been running from pillar to post to get justice. Chandigarh Police have already wasted a lot of time and the procedural lapse will give benefit to the suspects,” he said.

CBI FAILED TO SOLVE MALL OWNER’S MURDER

In May 2009, owner of Sham Fashion Mall Amarjit Singh Khurana, 51, was shot dead in Sector 35 and the case was transferred to the CBI in 2010. The CBI filed a closure report as it failed to get evidence in the case. The UT [olice had failed to collect vital clues at the preliminary stage.