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Gurdaspur firing: HC grants 2 months' time to SIT, Chandigarh CFSL for status report

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 18, 2013
First Published: 23:39 IST(18/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:43 IST(18/11/2013)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday granted two months' time to the Punjab police special investigating team (SIT) probing the case, in which one Jaspal Singh was killed in police firing in Gurdaspur on March 29 last year, to submit its status report.

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The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih.

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.

During the hearing of the case on Monday, principal secretary home, DS Bains, informed through his affidavit that the chargesheet had been issued to Varinder Pal Singh, then Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police; Manpreet Singh, then deputy superintendent of police; and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Tejinder Pal Singh.

It was submitted that a regular inquiry into the chargesheet had been further ordered on November 11 against two police officers after finding their replies unsatisfactory. However, in case of the SDM, the department of personnel was taking action against the officer. Also, Sewa Singh, under secretary of the home department, had been chargesheeted and action was under process against him and it would take two months to complete all departmental proceedings in the case, the court was informed.

The SIT head, inspector general of police RPS Brar, also informed the court that a total of 71 weapons of the Punjab police, which were earlier being examined by the forensic science laboratory, SAS Nagar, had now been sent to the central forensic science laboratory, Chandigarh, because the SAS Nagar laboratory would have taken three months to examine them.

The case will now come up for hearing on January 22, 2014.

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