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Pamma’s counsel to cite two cases that had fallen flat

punjab Updated: Jan 23, 2016 11:00 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times

Paramjit Singh alias Pamma(HT File Photo)

The defence counsel for Khalistani terrorist Paramjit Singh alias Pamma, 42, whose extradition is being sought by India from the Portugal government, is going to cite two major criminal cases against him which have fallen flat in Patiala courts due to lack of evidence. The prime witnesses have also turned hostile in both cases.

HT has procured the court judgment in both cases — 2009 killing of Patiala resident Rulda Singh, who was head of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, Punjab-based wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and the 2010 Patiala bomb blast — in which all accused have been acquitted after the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them.

In the Rulda Singh case, police had arrested five accused, identified as Jagmohan Singh, 30, alias Rinku, Darshan Singh, 51, Gurjant Singh, 57, Amarjit Singh, 29, and Daljit Singh, 37, under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (criminal act done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and sections 15, 16 and 17 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act-2004.

All accused were, however, acquitted by additional sessions judge Nirbhow Singh Gill on February 27, 2015.

Four persons, identified as Jaswinder Singh, 24, Manjinder Singh, 32, Gurjant Singh, 37, and Harminder Singh, 40, were held in connection with the blast near Satya Narain Temple in Patiala. The accused were acquitted of all charges by additional sessions judge Pushvinder Singh on August 11, 2014, for want of evidence.

The Patiala police have not moved the higher court against these orders.

Patiala senior superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh Chauhan (SSP) said Pamma’s coconspirator in the Rulda Singh murder case, Jagtar Singh Tara, was successfully extradited from Thailand despite the accused being acquitted.

“We have watertight evidence to prove that Pamma hatched the plot in the UK along with Tara to kill Rulda Singh and even sent his men from there to kill him. Pamma was also the mastermind of the 2010 blast,” the SSP added.

“The main accused in both cases are still at large and we hope to solve the cases once Pamma is brought here after extradition,” he added.