CBI court acquits retired SP in fake encounter case
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 04, 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 04, 2009, 12:14

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