In the graft and forgery case against two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and their alleged agent, four statements were recorded on Friday before the civil judicial magistrate here.
The statements are of the men who allegedly gave money to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mallanwala circle president Gurcharan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) local chief Jaspal Singh "Jimmy Sandhu" to get people off the hook in cases of drug smuggling and fake arms licences. The police have also arrested accused agent Lakhwinder Singh "Lakha" with `14 lakh that had allegedly changed hands.
Dilbagh Singh and Jugraj Singh, former sarpanches of Aulakh Hall and Fatehgarh Sabaro villages, respectively, who are named in the FIR (first-information report) registered against Jimmy, Gurcharan and Lakhwinder, appeared before CJM Ravi Inder Kaur through their counsel under Section 164 (recording of confessions and statements) of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure).
Manoj Abrol and Raju Khatter, mentioned in the FIR about payment of `15 lakh to Jimmy to influence the police to drop fake-arms-licence case against local DC office clerk Manoj, also appeared before the CJM.
All four people to have recorded statement on Friday have reportedly accepted that they paid bribe as mentioned in the FIR. "Their statements will strengthen the case against the BJP leaders," said a legal expert. Ferozepur superintendent of police Amarjit Singh (detective), who is investigating the case, confirmed that it would be so.