Taking note of the failure on the part of the ‘investigating officer in finding the whereabouts of the main accused despite six-day remand as per police file’, the court of duty magistrate Karanvir Singh Maju extended the remand of Harmehtab Singh Rarewala alias Farid, the co-accused in the murder of Akansh Sen, nephew of Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh. On February 9, a BMW had run over Sen in Sector 9, with Rarewala reportedly in the passenger seat. The police had requested for three-day remand.The prosecution claimed that Rarewala had yet again resiled (retracted) from his previous statement and was not cooperating with the police in investigation. The police needed more time to take him to Amritsar where the main accused Balraj Singh Randhawa was hiding at a friend’s house, the prosecution added.BALRAJ HIDING AT FRIEND’S HOUSE IN AMRITSAR: RAREWALAInvestigation officer Poonam Dilawari submitted an application which stated that interrogation Rarewala disclosed, under Section 27 of the Indian Evidence Act, that Balraj was hiding at one of his friend’s residence near ‘Swaran Mandir’ (the Golden Temple) in Amritsar.It was also submitted that remand was also required to locate the SIM of his mobile from Bengaluru.The magistrate also questioned the IO on why Rarewala was never taken to Bangalore in these six days, to which the IO said, “He was taken to Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Sahnewal but he has been continuously resiling from his statements.”The magistrate observed that the court was of the opinion that “Two-day police remand is sufficient to trace the whereabouts of accused Balraj Singh Randhawa from Amritsar.”‘IF HE FURTHER RETRACTS, TAKE HIM TO AREA MAGISTRATE’The court also directed the IO to get the medical examination done of Rarewala at the local civil hospital and make a DDR entry. The court also said that if Raewala retracted (resiled) again from his statement in Amritsar, he should be taken to the local area (Ilaqa) magistrare then and there.‘I HAD ENMITY WITH SHERA’Talking to HT outside court, Rarewala admitted to an old enmity with Shera. “He broke my nose and attacked me at my house two months prior to this (February 9) incident. I had informed the police then (two months ago),” he said, adding they had gone for trips together. Four of Rarewala’s friends were also present in court.