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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

HC reserves verdict in Gikki case


HC reserves verdict in Gikki case

Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 9

More than eight years after Gurkirat Sekhon, alias Gikki, of Jalandhar was allegedly shot by “influential political persons”, his eyewitness father’s counsel on Monday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it was a “cold-blooded murder”.

The accused, on the other hand, claimed the incident was not fallout of conspiracy or common intention and took place after a chance meeting. The submissions came before the Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu reserved the verdict after hearing both the sides for almost two hours.

Gikki was allegedly shot in front of his father on April 21, 2011. The case was an embarrassment for the then SAD-led government as the young hotelier from Jalandhar, Gikki, was allegedly targeted by former MLA Sarabjit Makkar’s nephew Ram Simran Singh Makkar, alias Prince Makkar, who was also a SAD councillor. Four accused were sentenced to life imprisonment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

As the case came up for hearing, the Bench took less than an hour to go through the voluminous case files. It prompted one of the counsels to appreciate the judges.

Justice Rajiv Sharma then made it clear to the parties that he was well-versed with the case. The state counsel, Harmeet Singh Grewal, submitted the weapon was fired from a close range and the intention probably was to commit murder. Appearing for victim’s father Rajbir Singh Sekhon, senior counsel Vikram Chaudhary submitted the occurrence was premeditated and the victim had made a dying declaration. One of the accused was an MC councillor related to an Akali leader. All the accused were together since 10.30 pm on the day till well past midnight. They were carrying weapons with licences that were no more valid and surrendered together. It was sufficient to establish a conspiracy. He said a doctor had clearly expressed opinion that the victim was in a position to make a dying declaration and the trial court erred in disbelieving at least two eyewitnesses.

Senior counsel for the accused Vinod Ghai submitted the intent to fire was missing, evident from the fact that the injury was on the back. All accused themselves surrendered the next day.

When friends turned foes

  • Gurkirat Sekhon alias Gikki was allegedly shot by Ram Simran Singh Makkar in Model Town, Jalandhar, in the presence of Amardeep Sunny, Jasdeep Singh Jassu and Amarpreet Narula on April 21, 2011.
  • Gikki's father Rajbir Singh Sekhon claimed that the accused had shot his son in front of his eyes.
  • Makkar is the nephew of former SAD MLA from Adampur Sarabjit Singh Makkar. He was a childhood friend of Gikki.

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