Rs 43-lakh damages claim by acquitted Mohali man dismissed

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2014 13:34 IST

Fighting to regain his son’s lost honour, 75-year-old SAS Nagar resident Tarlok Singh suffered setback on Thursday after judicial magistrate Shifa dismissed his plea seeking Rs 43 lakh as compensation for malicious prosecution.

Singh’s son Navjot Singh, named as a conspirator in the 1995 assassination of former chief minister (CM) Beant Singh, was acquitted of charges on July 30, 2007.

After his acquittal, Navjot Singh had filed a civil suit claiming a compensation of Rs 43 lakh from the central government, Delhi administration and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for “harassment and torture” suffered by him during the years of thetrial.

It was Tarlok singh who has been fighting the battle since the past 8 years.

While Navjot Singh had initially claimed damages of Rs 50 crore, the amount was brought down after CBI objected to the claim and demanded that the court should direct Tarlok Singh to pay court fees.

Even while he called Thursday’s order a travesty of justice, Tarlok Singh refused give up.

“It is another disappointment but this will not deter me from fighting for the honour of my son as long as I am alive. I will appeal against the order. I am ready to take the fight even to the Supreme Court. My son spent 12 years of his life in jail for doing nothing. Is this not a fit case for granting compensation?” said the septuagenarian.

He added that the judicial magistrate who was hearing the case since the past eight years transferred the case to a junior judge on November 25, after which the case was dismissed.

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