Former director general of police (DGP) SK Sharma and three other former police officers on Friday withdrew their petitions from the Punjab and Haryana high court, whereby they had challenged framing of charges in the alleged fake encounter case under Morinda police station in 1991.
The Rupnagar sessions court in 2014 had framed charges under Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against Sharma; former deputy inspector general SPS Basra; and two other officers, Balkar Singh and Gurcharan Singh.
Deceased Kuldip’s father, Ajaib Singh, had alleged that his 21-year-old son, a student of Punjabi University, was picked up by the police on October 24, 1990 from Morinda town. On May 15, 1991, Ajaib read in the papers about the police’s claim that one Kuldip of Amrali village, wanted in many cases of extortion, robbery and dacoity, was killed in an encounter on May 1.
Ajaib approached the authorities for justice, and a case was registered at Morinda police station on August 13, 1998. After investigation police filed the cancellation report but Ajaib filed a protest petition, treating which as a complaint, the court summoned SK Sharma and others on August 28, 2010.