The CBI special court here on Saturday dismissed the bail application of an accused in the Ranjit Singh murder case.
Ranjit Singh, a former follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, was shot dead on July 10, 2002.
Jasbir Singh had applied for regular bail on the ground that he had been in jail for eight years and the trial would take some more time. He added that till date no incriminating evidence had come against him.
CBI counsel HPS Verma, on the other hand, argued that being in jail for a long period was no ground for bail. He added that the crime committed was heinous and an innocent person had been killed. He submitted that Jasbir Singh was directly involved and was identified by witnesses too.
Verma also pointed out that Sabdil Singh, a co-accused in the case, had once threatened to kill DSP Armandeep, who investigated the case, so there was a threat perception.
After hearing the arguments, CBI special judge Najar Singh dismissed the bail plea.
Krishan Lal, Inder Sain, Avtaar Singh are accused in the case, along with Jasbir Singh, Sabdil Singh and dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
After serving tea to his father, who was working in the fields, on July 10, 2002, in Khanpur Kolian village of Kurukshetra, Ranjit Singh left on his motorcycle. On the way, four people fired at him and fled from there. Later, Ranjit Singh died of bullet injuries.