CBI court acquits retired SP in fake encounter case

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:14

Patiala: A CBI court here acquitted
retired Superintendent of Police Mohinder Singh Sidhu and DSP
Kishan Singh for their involvement in an alleged fake
encounter in 1990 for lack of evidence.

Sidhu was then posted as Station House Officer (SHO) of
Kathunangal police station of Amritsar district and Kishan
Singh was an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) attached with him.

The case is related to the disappearance of Sukhwinder
Singh alias Neeta of Chavinda Devi village falling under the
police station on August 27, 1990.

Neeta`s brother Bhupinder Singh wrote to various government
officials and also to the Chief Justice of India alleging that
the police had illegally picked up his brother and killed him
in a fake encounter.

The High Court had ordered an inquiry, conducted by then
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Amritsar Harbhupinder
Singh Nanda, who confirmed the disappearance but concluded
that no one from the police could be pinpointed as possibly
being behind the alleged encounter.

The family again moved the High Court, which then directed
an inquiry by the Sessions Judge of Jalandhar, JP Gupta,
whose findings were similar.

On receiving the third petition, the High Court asked the
CBI to investigate. It held both the police officers guilty
and registered a case of murder and kidnapping with intent to
murder.

The CBI had filled a chargesheet in the special CBI court
for trial. Both the accused were, however, acquitted of the
charges due to lack of evidence.

The Defence pleaded that in the two inquiries no name of
any police officer was mentioned.

Defence counsel SS Kler told the court that Sukhwinder had
links with terrorist outfits and police parties used to visit
his house regularly, "and as Mohinder Singh Sidhu was SHO of
the police station, the family took his name".

He also took the plea that since the body of Sukhwinder was
not traced, it could not be ascertained whether he was dead or
alive.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:14

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