A local court on Monday acquitted a man who was wrongly arrested by the UT police in a cheating case on January 19, 2015.
The man was freed after the invigilators — Rajnish Kumar and Priya — during the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (PUNSUP) examination refused to identify the arrested man as the one from whom they had recovered a mobile phone.
The court observed that the investigating officer (IO), Balbir Singh, had arrested a wrong person in the case.
It said Rajnish, who was the supervisor at the centre, had filed a complaint against Jaswant Singh, son of Balpreet Singh, but the investigating officer arrested Jaswant Singh, son of Baldev Singh.
The defence lawyer, Gagan Aggarwal, said during cross examination the IO admitted that he did not verify the fathers’ names at the time of arrest.
He said the face of the man arrested did not match with the photograph on the admit card.
Meanwhile, the court has also pulled up the IO for shoddy investigation into the case.
The examination for the post of senior superintendent was held in Chandigarh on January 2015 at Saupin’s School in Sector 32.
After the invigilator complaint about Jaswant, the former frisked the candidate and recovered a mobile phone.
The examination controller, PK Sharma, was informed about the incident, following which a police case under Sections 420 (cheating) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the accused.