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After SC nudge, focus back on Valtoha

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 11

After the Supreme Court expressed shock over long pendency of criminal cases against politicians on September 10, the focus has turned again on over a three-decade-old murder of Dr Sudarshan Trehan in Patti (Tarn Taran).

Dr Trehan was gunned down by three persons at his clinic in September 1983 and former SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha was among the accused. Valtoha was never arrested in the case while a challan was presented in the court last year and charges were framed against him in January. At present, the case is under trial in a Tarn Taran court. In February, when summons to witnesses returned unserved, the court ordered Tarn Taran SSP to submit a report regarding the witnesses. However, the proceedings got delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Initially, the police had registered an FIR against unknown persons. A year after the incident, the police had nabbed Hardev Singh. During interrogation, Hardev had revealed that he along with Baldev Singh and Virsa Singh Valtoha had killed Dr Trehan. As a result, the police had named Valtoha as the accused. Hardev Singh and Baldev Singh were acquitted by the court in 1990 and Valtoha was declared proclaimed offender.

Valtoha claimed that he was discharged in 1991 as charges were not framed against him.

from The Tribune

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