Behbal Kalan case additionally hangs within the steadiness as IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap resigns

With the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom quashing the particular investigation workforce (SIT) report within the Kotkapura police firing case and now the probe workforce member inspector basic of police (IGP) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh placing in his papers, the destiny of the Behbal Kalan case can also be hanging within the steadiness.

As Vijay Pratap had stated one chargesheet is left to be filed within the firing circumstances, legal professionals coping with the Behbal Kalan case stated if he retires, the ultimate challan could by no means see the sunshine of day.

Faridkot district lawyer Rajnish Goyal, who led the prosecution in each the circumstances within the trial courtroom, stated, “One chargesheet is pending, however the SIT didn’t clear by which case (Behbal or Kotkapura). We’ve got not acquired any official copy of the chargesheet. We’re ready for the entire order.”

Now, all eyes are on the listening to of a petition of former Punjab director basic of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, suspended IGP Paramraj Singh Umaranagal and Kotkapura ex-station home officer (SHO) Gurdeep Singh Pandher cops by the HC bench of Justice Alka Sarin on April 20.

The three, who’re accused within the Kotkapura case, had approached the courtroom levelling allegations towards Vijay Pratap, looking for his ouster from the SIT.

The final week’s order of quashing the SIT findings got here on a petition of Pandher who claimed he was falsely implicated within the Behbal Kalan case as he submitted a grievance to the DGP towards Vijay Pratap.

Two youths had died within the Behbal Kalan firing on October 14, 2015, whereas protesting towards the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari on October 12. The police additionally opened fireplace the identical day on protesters at Kotkapura, leaving many injured.

Initially, IG Vijay Pratap was appointed to probe the Kotkapura case, whereas the Behbal Kalan case was entrusted to IG Arun Pal Singh and later SSP Satinder Singh who have been additionally SIT members. In March 2019, the SIT filed first chargesheet naming former Moga SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma as accused within the case. The chargesheet was filed by the Satinder Singh-led workforce which was working individually from Vijay Pratap’s.

The probe into the Behbal Kalan case got here to a standstill for practically a 12 months after a rift between the SIT members. It was in June 2020 that the investigation of the case was additionally entrusted to Vijay Pratap whose workforce made a number of arrests and named serving and retired cops, together with former DGP Saini and IG Umaranagal, as accused within the case.


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