DSP, woman murder case: Defence counsel's application challenging digital records dismissed

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2015 10:25 IST

The court of additional sessions judge Priya Sood has dismissed the application moved by the defence counsel challenging the time and date of the pictures clicked and video recordings in the case of double murder of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and a woman, Monika Kapila.

The defence counsel has submitted an application stating that the photographs produced by the prosecution were not clicked on February 2, 2012. After hearing the arguments, the court dismissed the application stating that it appears that the defence is fishing for evidence and attempting to create confusion despite the fact that not even once the date and time of occurrence has been denied though, of course, the time of the first information is disputed.

The court also said that it would be apposite to highlight the fact that defence has relied upon a report wherein also the time of death is alleged to be the late evening of February 1, 2012. The court cannot order a roving inquiry merely on hypothecations based on technical flaw or property of laptop or playing device, more particularly when the direct evidence, regarding the proceedings taken up at the spot, pertains to the incident which has taken place in the late evening of February 1, 2012.

The court concluded that the application, thus, being vague and without merits, is dismissed.

Before pronouncing the decision, the pictures and video recordings of the crime scene were played in different laptops, including a laptop produced by the defence counsel in the court. The laptops have shown time and date as 2:55 am February 2, 2012. While in the application, the defence counsel stated that the pictures were clicked in the afternoon of February 1, 2012.

In reply, Harpreet Sandhu, counsel of the complainant, stated that it is evidently clear that the pictures, including those of footprints were clicked on February 2, 2012 at 2.55 and afterwards.

It is pertinent to mention that bodies of DSP Balraj Singh Gill and a woman Monika Kapila were recovered from a farm house on intervening night of February 1, 2012. They were brutally murdered.

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