Tuesday, August 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Reprieve for Kewal Singh
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 13
Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, who has been booked in a criminal case along with his son Baljinder Singh and kin Joginder Kaur under Sections 304-B and 34, IPC, in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law got a further reprieve today when District and Sessions Judge B.C. Rajput adjourned the hearing on a revision petition to September 29.

Earlier, Mr Rajput had stayed the operation of the order of a Talwandi Sabo court under which summons and non-bailable warrants were issued against Giani Kewal Singh and his kin, including son Baljinder Singh and Joginder Kaur, on June 14. Mr Rajput stayed the operation of the order of the Talwandi Sabo court on the revision petition filed by Mr Baljinder Singh.

The revision petition was filed against the order dated June 2, 2001, passed by the court of Judicial Magistrate, Talwandi Sabo. The Judicial Magistrate had ordered the summoning of Giani Kewal Singh and others in this case. On June 11, the Judicial Magistrate, Talwandi Sabo issued non-bailable warrants against the three.

A case against Giani Kewal Singh, his son and another kin was registered on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the death of Sharanjit Kaur on May 18, 1997, under abnormal circumstances.

When the then police authorities did not take any action against the accused, Mr Amarjit Singh, brother of the deceased, approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court through a writ petition.

Though the case against the accused was registered by the police, an application in the court of the Judicial Magistrate, Talwandi Sabo, was filed by Mr Chand Singh, the then Station House Officer (SHO), Talwandi Sabo, for cancellation of the FIR registered against the accused. Mr Chand Singh, in an application moved for cancellation of the FIR, claimed that all three accused had been found innocent.

Sharanjit Kaur, who was married to Mr Baljinder Singh in 1996, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in 1997. Her body was found floating in the sarovar of Likhan Sar Gurdwara located in front of the official residence of Giani Kewal Singh in the Takht Damdama Sahib complex.

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