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SIT grapples with IG’s transfer as deadline to file charges nears


SIT grapples with IG’s transfer as deadline to file charges nears

Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, April 16

To curtail chances of default bail to former Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma in Behbal Kalan police firing incident, the SIT is working overtime to file the chargesheet before April 27 in the judicial court here.

Of many nominated accused in the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing of October 2015, Sharma is the only accused in the judicial custody for the past three months.

Though all his bail applications were rejected by the courts since his arrest on January 27, Sharma is sure to get bail under Section 167 of the CrPC if the police fail to file the chargesheet within 90 days of his arrest.

The ousting of Inspector General Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh from the SIT on the orders of the Election Commission and confusion over identifying three persons as ‘accused’ or ‘witnesses’ in the chargesheet is, however, slowing down the SIT’s speed of preparing the chargesheet.

In a vital evidence against four police officers, including Sharma, the SIT claim to have found that these accused had “fabricated evidence” to show that they had fired in self-defence at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015.

The SIT has recovered a .12 bore gun, which was allegedly used by the accused police officers in “stage-managing” the firing at the residence of an advocate in Faridkot.

In its investigation, the SIT claimed that Sharma’s escort gypsy was taken to the house of a lawyer in Faridkot where Bikramjit Singh, then Fazilka SP, had asked a car dealer to arrange for a gun.

The dealer reportedly sent his company’s manager and his private security guard to provide a gun to Bikramjit Singh and the latter had fired from this gun to fabricate 18 bullet marks on the escort gypsy at the residence of the advocate.

Now, while preparing chargesheet the SIT is confused whether to retain the advocate, car agency owner’s security guard and manager as a witness in this case or bracket them as accused as they were also part of the conspiracy to fabricate evidence of self-defence.

This advocate is a close friend of Bikramjit Singh. The SIT has already got the confessional statement of the trio before the judicial magistrate here. “Keeping them as witness is a big risk for the success of our case, so the SIT is weighing pros and cons,” a member of the SIT confided on the condition of anonymity.

Accused or witnesses? SIT confused

  • The SIT claims that former Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma’s escort gypsy was taken to the house of a lawyer in Faridkot where Bikramjit Singh, then Fazilka SP, had asked a car dealer to arrange for a gun
  • The dealer reportedly sent his company’s manager and his private security guard to provide a gun to Bikramjit Singh and the latter had fired from this gun to fabricate 18 bullet marks on the gypsy
  • Now, the SIT is confused whether to retain the advocate, car agency owner’s security guard and manager as a witness or bracket them as accused as they were also part of the conspiracy to fabricate evidence of self-defence

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