Dismissing police plea, a local court has issued proclamation to declare SAD leader Baljinder Singh alias Gogi, Davinder Singh alias Gogi Nambardar, SAD general secretary Gurdev Singh alias Debu and Guriqbal Singh alias Vicky Sekhon as proclaimed offenders in a murder case.
In its orders, the court also slammed police for their approach against the absconding accused in the Bunty Bajwa murder case.
Sarpanch Baljinder Singh, who was candidate from ward number 1, and his accomplices were accused of fatally shooting Gurvinder Singh alias Bunty Bajwa in Bazigar basti during municipal corporation election on June 10 last.
Judicial magistrate Harpreet Kaur mentioned in her order that the accused could not be summoned through non-bailable warrants and accordingly they were ordered to be summoned through public proclamation.
The court set February 5, 2013, as the date of proclaimation for the accused. It means that if they did not present themselves before the court or were not arrested by police by the given date, the court would declare them proclaimed offenders.
The police had again moved an application in court and pleaded for adjournment of proclaimed offender proceedings, even though the judicial magistrate had dismissed a similar application on December 12, 2012, same day the application was filed.
Police had pleaded that since an inquiry in the case was pending with deputy commissioner of police of Jalandhar commissionerate, PO proceedings could affect the probe.
Moreover, ASI Chaman Lal of Salem Tabri police station has not got recorded his statement in court as yet in the case. The court remarked that police were willfully not producing ASI Chaman Lal for recording his statement. The court said that the instant application stood dismissed as devoid of merits and the SHO concerned was called upon for explanation in this regard.
Perusal of the application clearly showed that police were willfully not arresting the accused and their intention was clear from their action to move the application, the court added.
The court also mentioned that it did not deem fit to adjourn the case for recording the statement of ASI Chaman Lal.
Kuldeep Singh, father of Bunty Bajwa, claimed that police were favouring the accused from the very first day of the crime and it was due to this very reason none of the key accused had been arrested so far.