A witness in the cable operator suicide case of April 28, Gurdev Singh Bhullar has moved a local court seeking directions to the Special Investigating Team (SIT) for recording his statement in the case.
Bhullar claimed that he was present when victim Jaswinder Singh Jassi consumed poison during a meeting of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Bhullar, owner of Godfather Cables Network, moved an application in the court of Judicial Magistrate Class One (JMIC) GS Garg on May 1 through his counsel Satnam Singh.
In the application, Bhullar pointed out that on the day when Jassi consumed poison he was present in the TDSAT meeting. He pointed out that the SIT, which was formed by the Amritsar police commissioner for investigating into the case, had not yet approached him for recording his statement.
Jassi had died in a hospital two days later after consuming poison. Police had registered a case under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the basis of the suicide note recovered from the victim.
The case was registered against Gurdip Singh, owner of Fatsway Cables, and Sarabjit Singh Raju, local in-charge of Fastway. The others against whom the case was registered included Prithpal Singh Lalli and Gurvinder Singh Babbi, both of whom were known to Raju. Barring Gurdip, the other three are currently in jail.
Bhullar in his application further contended that the SIT despite having recorded the statements of three or four cable operators had not yet approached him.
The SIT had also recorded the statement of Balbir Kaur, the widow of Jassi, who had given a clean chit to those against whom the case was registered. In her statement, she denied the claims of her husband (as in suicide note) that their cable business was not running well. She had also denied that her husband had any enmity against anyone.
After hearing Bhullar’s counsel, the court directed the public prosecutor and the station house officer (SHO) of the Civil Lines police station to furnish their replies to the demand made by the applicant. The SHO is investigation officer in the case and a member of the four-member SIT.