6 Punjab Cops Rigorous Imprisonment in Baba Charan Singh fFake Encounter Case || SNE
By TOI .
Jan 09, 2020
A special CBI court on Thursday sentenced six officials of the Punjab Police to rigorous imprisonment in a 28-year-old case of the encounter killing of Baba Charan Singh and five of his relatives. Special CBI judge Karunesh officers to 10-year RI each and two others to two years jail.
The court sentenced inspector Suba Singh and sub-inspector Sukhdev Singh to 10 years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 50,000 each. Sub-inspector Bikramjit Singh was sentenced to 10 years RI with Rs 20,000 fine and sub-inspector Sukhdev Raj Joshi was sentenced to five years RI with a fine of Rs 30,000. Joshi is currently posted as PA to CM’s security advisor.
Assistant sub-inspector Suba Singh and head constable Lakkha Singh were sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 50,000 each.
The court, however, acquitted inspector Kashmir Singh, sub-inspector Nirmal Singh and DSP Gurmeet Randhawa.
Noteworthy, seven of the accused police officers died during the course of the investigations. They are SSP Ajit Singh Sandhu, sub-inspector Avtar Singh, sub-inspector Chain Singh, assistant sub-inspector Milkha Singh, assistant sub-inspector Fakirchand, assistant sub-inspector Darshan Lal and assistant sub-inspector Harbhajan Singh.
The trial of Punjab chief minister’s security advisor former IG Khubi Ram is pending with the Punjab and Haryana high court.
According to the case, Baba Charan Singh Bir Sahib Wale, Baba Meja Singh, Gurdev Singh, Kesar Singh, Gurmej Singh and Balwinder Singh were killed in an encounter.
The decision came following a criminal revision petition filed by Bibi Gurmit Kaur in which she had said that her six immediate relatives were extra-judicially detained and murdered by the Punjab Police officials in 1992-93.
Notably, the CBI, which was handed over the investigation in 1997, had said in its probe report that Baba Charan Singh, his three brothers, brother-in-law and his son (Gurmit Kaur’s husband), remained illegally confined with CIA staff in Tarn Taran and later got murdered by the Punjab Police officials. The petitioner, as well as other relatives, had met them in police custody.