The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday impleaded Amrik Singh, father of a youth murdered by controversial former cop Gurmeet Singh Pinky in 2001, as party to the latter’s petition challenging his dismissal.
While posting the matter for further hearing on March 21, the single-judge bench of justice GS Sandhawalia allowed Amrik’s application seeking his impleadment. The father, while opposing Pinky’s reinstatement, had argued that he was an affected party and wanted to submit important facts and evidence and present his side to the high court regarding his son’s death.
Earlier, the Punjab government blamed then deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Ludhiana range, for “wrongly” reinstating Pinky. He was re-appointed in the police force on May 16, through a DIG’s order, which was later set aside by an inspector general (IG) on May 20. In this petition, Pinky has challenged the May 20 order.
Pinky had in January 2001 gunned down Avtar Singh, the only son of his parents, over a petty issue. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Pinky was released on May 24, 2014.