Cable operator suicide: Where were the accused on date of court hearing?
Were Sarabjit Singh Raju, Gurinder Singh Bubby, and Pritpal Singh Lalli, all accused in the cable operator suicide case of March 28, present in the Amritsar Central Jail on April 18 when their case for extension of judicial remand was heard through videoconferencing?punjab Updated: May 06, 2015 09:11 IST
Were Sarabjit Singh Raju, Gurinder Singh Bubby, and Pritpal Singh Lalli, all accused in the cable operator suicide case of March 28, present in the Amritsar Central Jail on April 18 when their case for extension of judicial remand was heard through videoconferencing?
If the record of the court of the judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) that heard the case on April 18 through videoconferencing is to be believed, then the three were inside the jail indeed.
However, if the jail records of that day tell quite a different story.
Jail records say that the three men left the prison on April 18 around 1.45pm for hearing in the JMIC’s court that was to take up the police application for the extension of their judicial custody. It adds that they left the jail under armed police escort, which brought them back after the hearing.
Jail superintendent RK Sharma said: “Yes, the three did go out of the jail, as they had to appear in court.”
The court record of April 18 says the JMIC heard the case through videoconferencing and, considering the police application, extended the judicial custody till May 2. Sub-inspector Tarsem Singh of the Civil Lines police station had moved that application.
“The accused produced before me through videoconferencing are remanded in judicial custody,” the JMIC wrote below the application and put his signatures.
Raju, Babbi and Lalli were arrested in the suicide case of cable operator Jaswinder Singh Jassi on the basis of his last note recovered after he took poison during a meeting of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
He had accused the three of ruining his cable network business.