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Sunpern Violence : CBI fails to file chargesheet, 4 accused get bail

After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to file chargesheet against 12 accused in the murder of Dalit children in Sunperh, Faridabad, within the mandatory 90-day period, the CBI special magistrate, Haryana, granted bail to four of them here on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Jan 20, 2016 13:17 IST
Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Hindustan Times
Central Bureau of Investigation,murder of Dalit children,Code of Criminal Procedure

After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to file chargesheet against 12 accused in the murder of Dalit children in Sunperh, Faridabad, within the mandatory 90-day period, the CBI special magistrate, Haryana, granted bail to four of them here on Tuesday.

On October 20, 2015, two siblings were burnt to death at their house in Sunperh. On the complaint of the victims’ father, Jatinder Kumar, cops arrested Sanjay, Dharam Singh, Kartar Singh and Balwant Singh of Rajput community the same day. Later, eight more people were arrested, who, too, are expected to get bail in the absence of chargesheet.

Jatinder Kumar had alleged that the Rajputs poured inflammable liquid in the room where he and his wife were sleeping with the two children, and set it ablaze. The four accused who got bail on Tuesday had submitted in an application before the CBI court, through their counsel Abhishek Singh Rana: that “the challan under Section 173 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) has not been submitted by the CBI in the court till January 18, and now, 90 days have expired”. In view of Section 167(2) of the CrPC (that states that detention of accused cannot exceed 90 days in cases of murder), they were entitled to get bail, they stated.

The accused have been maintaining that they were framed as they were witnesses in the murder of three Rajput men, in which 11 Dalits are accused. “On October 5, 2014, three members of the Rajput community were killed in a fight with Dalits over a mobile phone. Jatindar Kumar’s two brothers are accused in the case,” said Abhishek Singh Rana, counsel for the accused.

While giving consent for their polygraph test, the accused had demanded that lie-detection test of Jatinder Kumar and his wife, Rekha, should also be conducted to find out the truth. However, the CBI opposed it, but the court has issued notice to Jatinder Kumar and his wife for February 1.

First Published: Jan 20, 2016 13:16 IST