A local court on Wednesday acquitted Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Hawara in a 28-year-old arms case registered against him at the Chamkaur Sahib police station.
The case was registered on August 14, 1988, against unknown persons in connection with the murder of a granthi of Gurdwara Katalgarh Sahib at Chamkaur Sahib. The police had arrested Hawara in the case and recovered a .32 bore pistol and five cartridges, which he (Hawara) had allegedly buried near a tree at Manemajra village in Chamkaur Sahib.
Police had registered a separate case under sections 25,54,59 of the Arms Act and section 5 of the Terrorists and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) against Hawara in this regard.
On Wednesday, the trial was completed in the court of additional sessions judge Rupnagar Sunita Kumari Sharma with a video- conferencing with Hawara from Tihar Jail where he has been lodged. Later, the court acquitted him in the case.
Hawara’s counsel Sarabjit Singh Bains said that since his client was implicated in a false case, the court acquitted him for want of evidence.
The court has fixed March 18 as next date of hearing in a case registered Hawara for an “assassination bid” on controversial Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarewala.
Hawara, also a convict in the former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case, was ‘appointed’ Akal Takht jathedar by the radical Sarbat Khalsa in November last year.