Seeking to turn it into a case of accident, one of the accused in the murder of Himachal Pradesh chief minister’s wife’s nephew Akansh Sen filed anticipatory bail application in the district courts here on Monday. Harmehtab Singh Farid has claimed that “at best, it could be a case of accident caused by Balraj Singh (another accused in the case)” and that he has been falsely implicated in the case.The plea is expected to come up for hearing on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the police continued with its searches, but could not get any definite clues on the whereabouts of the accused, said sources. A police official said that while they were conducting raids, they hoped that the accused could soon surrender, after exhausting legal options.
Farid, 34, the great grandson of Gian Singh Rarewala, former chief minister of PEPSU state, has filed the bail application saying that the “accident” may have been caused by his co-accused Balraj Singh Randhawa and he had nothing to do with it.
Both Farid and Randhawa were booked under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC. Later, Section 302 (murder) was added after Akansh succumbed to his injuries. The case was registered at Sector-3 police station. The counsel for the petitioner, Sukhdip Singh Brar, has stated in the application that “even if the alleged occurrence took place, the petitioner had nothing to do with the incident.”
The plea claims, “The petitioner was neither the driver of the car nor was he its owner” adding, “...at best, it could be a case of accident caused by Balraj Singh.”
GROUP OF 9 WERE AT THE CAFE TILL 3AM
CCTV footage with the police now shows that nine people, including three women, were inside the Boom Box Cafe in Sector 9 till 2.45am on February 9). Sen, Rajan Pupneja, 29, Sunny Pupneja, 29 and Deep Sidhu, 40, are seen in the footage. Both the accused — Balraj Singh Randhawa of Sohana and Harmehtab Singh Farid of Landran in SAS Nagar — are also seen. Three women are also seen.
Sources said that not seen in the footage are Sen’s cousin Adamya Singh Rathore, 28, who is the complaint in the case, and a friend Sher Singh alias Shera, 40, who were somewhere inside the cafe.
Shera had heated arguments with one of the accused at the cafe. When some members of the group reconvened at Sidhu’s house, Shera again had an argument with the accused. At 4.45am, Sen left Sidhu’s residence to go to Rajan’s place in Sector 18, but decided to return to bring back Shera at 5.15am, but Shera had left. Here, matters escalated, culminating in the murder.
Dr SP Mandal, department of forensic medicine, PGIMER said “The post-mortem report has been submitted to the police. To check whether the deceased was drunk or under the influence of any drugs, chemical examination has been sought.”
Farid’s counsel has termed the story as stated in the FIR as “improbable”. He recounts that FIR says that “the deceased along with the complainant had visited the house of one Deep Sidhu at about 4/4.15am to enquire about one Shera as the deceased and the complainant were apprehending that Shera and the petitioner were together in the house and that it was at this moment, Balraj Singh got into his car with the petitioner sitting on the passenger side and drove the car over the deceased’.