The court of sessions judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, has acquitted one Malwinder Singh, a resident of Patiala, in a nine-month murder case of a Nawanshahr village resident.
The then SSP of Fatehgarh Sahib, Hardial Singh Mann, on January 20 had claimed to solve the blind murder case of a high court clerk (munshi), Dharampal, whose body was recovered near Mukaronpur village in the district on the Fatehgarh Sahib-Chandigarh road on January 12.
The body bore bullet injuries on head and neck. The police had claimed to arrest one of the accused and recovered a Mahindra Scorpio and a revolver, the crime weapon.
On the complaint of Surinder Kumar, assistant accountant, at Panjab University, an FIR was registered with the Bassi Pathana police on January 12, in which he said his brother-in-law Dharampal, a resident of Balewal, in Nawanshahr district, did not return home after he left in a Mahindra Scorpio with someone a day ago.
Dharampal worked as munshi with advocate JS Thind who practised in the high court. Later, Dharampal's body was found in bushes near Makaronpur village. A case was registered against unknown persons.
Following an inquiry, the police arrested Malwinder Singh alias Happy and his brother Adarshdeep Singh of Ghuman Colony in Patiala. After arrest of Malwinder Singh (46), police revealed that the accused had asked Dharampal for the copy of a judgment in an old civil suit, the decision on which was taken in 2010. Dharampal had asked them to come to Chandigarh to collect the copy.
They along with Dharampal started drinking in their vehicle. Dharampal asked for `20,000 in lieu of providing them a copy of the judgment and they paid him the money. Still he refused to hand over the copy to them.
Dharampal asked for another `3,000 on which they got infuriated and an argument ensued. The two allegedly fired at Dharampal and he died. They threw the body on the roadside and fled, the SSP said. A case was registered against the accused. Adarshdeep was declared proclaimed offender.
The court, in its recent orders, observed that all private witnesses in this case have turned hostile. The investigation was shady and the police twisted the sequence of events, it added. The medical evidence has also contradicted the prosecution's case. Accordingly, it acquitted Malwinder Singh of the charges framed against him.