Court rejects plea to make co-accused approvers - ECAS Punjab

Court rejects plea to make co-accused approvers

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Sanjay Bumbroo

Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 7

A local court rejected the applications of former Chandigarh Police inspectors to become approvers and be pardoned in the Balwant Singh Multani case here today.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Deepika Singh, while pronouncing the judgment, said the investigating agency i.e. the special investigation team (SIT) could make a request to the court for pardon to the accused.

Former police officials Jagir Singh, Harsahai Sharma and Kuldeep Singh, co-accused with former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in the disappearance of former CITCO employee Balwant Singh Multani, had filed an application in the court seeking permission to turn approvers and be pardoned in the ongoing probe against them. Former DGP Saini is the main accused in the case.

The court, in its order, said, "In the present scenario, it would be proper if the investigating agency independently applies its mind and moves an application for grant of pardon that no direct evidence is available with it. The investigating agency should consider if it can collect the evidence so as to put all the accused to trial or if it feels necessary, make some of the accused as approvers. If it does so, it should make it clear as to how many and who needs to be made an approver keeping in view their role in the commission of offence, After carrying out this exercise, the investigating agency can make a request to the court for tendering of pardon to those particular accused."

Sources said on behalf of the three accused, the SIT will file an application to make them approvers in the case.

All three co-accused had recorded their statements under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the judicial magistrates on different dates in Mohali recently. Anokh Singh and Jagir Singh are also the co-accused in another FIR registered at the Mataur police station against former DGP Saini in the alleged disappearance case of Balwant Singh Multani. Anokh Singh and Jagir Singh are on bail in this case.

from The Tribune

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