After registering a fresh first information report (FIR) in the sensational murder case of national shooter and advocate Sukhmanpreet Singh ‘Sippy’, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has questioned then station house officer (SHO) Poonam Dilawari, investigation officer in the case, to provide the details of the progress of the investigation.
After directing the UT police to hand over all the files pertaining to the case to it, the agency has now asked her to list out the efforts done to crack the case so far.
A senior CBI official, who wished not be named, said there were several details like the call details of the mobile phones being operated in Sector 27, -- the area where the Sippy was shot dead on September 20, 2015 -- information about the girl seen running away from the crime spot, and details about a girl, reportedly Sippy’s close friend and a daughter of a sitting Punjab and Haryana high court, who made a call to him from a mehandi vendor’s shop in Sector 19. The girl was seen making a call in a close circuit television (CCTV ) camera footage recovered from Sector 19.
To carry forward the investigation, the official said, Dilawari has been asked to present all the details of the case along with the evidence.
The official added the UT police had claimed to have recorded the statements of various suspects, including the judge’s daughter, and his close friends, though it failed to make any headway.
Dilawari has been asked to provide the details of those questioned during the probe, and to present evidence, if any, gathered so far.
Since the primary evidence was gathered by the SHO, she was the first one to be questioned by the CBI, added the official.
SIT members also to be questioned
Sources in the CBI said that the cops who were a part of the special investigation team, including assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu, deputy superintendent of police (crime) Jagbir Singh and others, will also be questioned.
A detailed report of the efforts made by the SIT has been sought; the details prepared by each SIT member, including the questionnaire framed to investigate the role of the judge’s daughter, will also be verified.
Victims’ kin to be summoned
Sources said the statements of Sippy Sidhu’s family members, including his mother Deepinder Kaur and his brother Jippy Sidhu, will also be recorded again. Since they have been targeting the judge’s daughter as the main suspect, all the details will be verified again, they add.
September 20, 2015: Sippy Sidhu shot dead at a park in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on his birthday
November 30: Accusing the police of shoddy probe, a candlelight march was held outside the residence of then UT inspector general of police in Sector 5
December 12: Sippy’s friends and relatives paid floral tributes to him at the Sector 27 park
December 14: The UT police moved an application in a local court and sought permission to conduct brain-mapping and lie-detection tests on the judge’s daughter, a suspect
January 8, 2016: The suspect submitted an application in the court requesting to conduct the similar tests on the deceased’s mother and brother
January 22, 2016: UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki transferred the case to the CBI
April 19, 2016: The CBI registered a case against unidentified persons and started questioning the investigating officer and other cops