The district police have booked two former policemen on the charges of manipulating investigation reports in a double murder case involving two politically-influential families of Karnal.
Harbans Lal and Ishwar Sharma, who were inspector and sub-inspector, respectively, at that time, were investigating a double murder case that happened in April 2008. They have been booked under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 201 (disappearing evidences) of the Indian Penal Code.
While Renuka’s husband was a Congress leader, Kalyan’s relatives are considered close to for mer chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Kalyan is also known for his links with a top-ranking police official, who is retired now. A first information report (FIR) was lodged at the Civil Lines police station on the basis of a report submitted by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by V Kamaraja, the additional director general police, operations.
A Karnal businessman, Ram Kumar Kalyan, was convicted for attempting to murder his daughter-in-law Renuka and killing her brother Sharamveer on April 22, 2008, in Karnal.
In the incident, during which Sharamveer had opened fire at Kalyan’s residence, Renuka’s husband Nabheet Kalyan was also killed. Renuka had alleged that the FIRs and investigations in the case were manipulated to implicate her and her parents.
An application was moved in the Punjab and Haryana high court alleging that the police investigators fraudulently and illegally removed statements and affidavits from the case files and a fair probe was sought.
Renuka, a key eyewitness of the killings, claimed that she had signed affidavits, which were intended at giving up her claim in the property of her late husband for getting the FIR cancelled against her and her father Ranbir for masterminding the killings. It was alleged that manipulation in recording of investigation was due to pressure from high-ups.
Pointing out intentional lapses in the investigation, the report stated of instances of overwriting and use of single pen, against a routine, in the files related to the cases that strengthen the complaint that records were “doctored” by the police officials.
Earlier, Renuka’s family had made a complaint to justice MS Gill (now retired) of the high court on January 12, 2010, and an inquiry was marked to Vinod Jain, the then district and sessions judge, Karnal, to look into the matter.
In his 32-page inquiry report, Vinod Jain observed that the police investigators “fraudulently and illegally removed statements and affidavits from the case files”. A total of 18 persons, including complainants, accused, investigators, etc., were examined by the judge.
Jain categorically observed that manipulation in the recording of investigation was due to pressure from high-ups.
“Removal of these affidavits and statements of witnesses from the police files seems to be with malafide intention to unduly help Kalyan and harm Ranbir and his family because these (read missing) documents are taken into consideration then perhaps the FIR would have been cancelled and even action under Section 182 (for furnishing false information to the lawful authority to use his power to the injury of other person) of IPC,” said the report.