The CBI special court, Haryana, on Saturday framed charges under Section 306 (for abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Haryana MLAs Zile Ram Sharma, Om Prakash Jain and Jain's personal assistant Rajinder Sharma in suicide of Karam Singh, ex-sarpanch of Kambopura village in Karnal.
All the three pleaded not guilty before CBI special judge RK Yadav and claimed the trial. Jain is an independent MLA, while Zile Ram is a Congress legislator. When the allegations surfaced, Jain was the transport minister, while Zile Ram was the chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and both had to resign.
As per allegations of Rajinder Singh, complainant in the case, Karam Singh was found dumped near the British-era cemetery in Karnal on June 7, 2011. Later, he was taken to the civil hospital in Karnal where he died the same day.
Rajinder Singh, son of Karam Singh, said the legislators had taken money from them for getting jobs, which did not materialise. He added that the MLAs refused to return the money and murdered his father. But the CBI termed it suicide. It was the opinion of doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, that changed the fate of case of mysterious death of Karam Singh.
Both the institutes opined that aluminium phosphide, which was the cause of the death, could not be forcefully ingested.
The CBI chargesheet says that Karam Singh was fed up of both Jain and Sharma as they were not returning the bribe amount worth around `12.5 lakh, which they had allegedly taken for jobs to three people. However, jobs could not be arranged. It adds that he had no other reason to commit suicide than the harassment caused by the MLAs. The investigation agency also says both the MLAs used to take money to get jobs for people.