Delivering the verdict in Paal Singh 'Paali-Sanghera' murder case, district and sessions judge Sukhwinder Kaur has sentenced Gurtej Singh of Pharwahi village and Amandeep Singh of Herike village to life imprisonment, besides slapping a fine of rs 24,000 on both of them.
The court has acquitted Jagsir Singh Jagga (Gurtej's father) as he was found guilty of only raising a lalkara (exhortation, yelling threateningly).
Paal was shot in broad daylight in March 2013 near the office of the senior superintendent of police.
Rajdev Singh Khalsa, advocate for the prosecution said, "The accused and the deceased had a dispute over financial dealings. Both parties were summoned by the superintendent of police (detective) to enquire in the matter. After coming out of the SP's office, the accused chased the deceased and murdered him by opening fire."
Khalsa added, "The court considered the statements of witnesses Major Singh and Shingara Singh to be unbiased and not prejudiced, though they are cousins of the deceased."
Paal Singh was politically active while his wife Rajinder Pal Kaur was the president of the Barnala municipal council. His father Gurdev Singh had also been the sarpanch of Sanghera and president of the truck operators union in Barnala.