Wednesday, November 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Haryana Speaker on the run?
Kin implicated in murder case
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 27
With major political parties and social organisations gunning for the Haryana Speaker, Mr Satbir Singh Kadian, for alleged role of his close relatives in the daylight murder of Joginder Kaur on the District Court premises here yesterday, the Speaker seems to be on the run.

According to sources, Mr Kadian rushed to Panipat after getting the news of the murder and repeated attempts to contact him for his version at his Chandigarh residence proved futile. It was informed that the Speaker had left for Panipat even as major political parties, including the Congress and the HVP, and social bodies demanded his resignation and a CBI inquiry into the incident.

Efforts to contact him at his Panipat residence revealed that Mr Kadian had left for Sonepat.

It may be recalled that Joginder Kaur, who was to appear in a local court as a witness to plead for the inclusion of four close relatives of Mr Kadian, including his brother Rattan Singh, in a criminal case, was shot dead in the chamber of her counsel Satbir Singh Kundu by an unidentified person yesterday.

On the night of June 21, last year, her plush Model Town kothi was razed to the ground by certain persons, who allegedly tried to forcibly occupy prime property and later kidnapped her.

Later, the police had arrested 21 persons in this connection. All of them are behind bars now, following refusal of bail to them. However, Joginder Kaur wanted the four relatives of the Speaker be also implicated in the case and for that she was to appear before the court yesterday.

The INLD spokesman, Mr Sher Singh Khurb, while supporting the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, defended Mr Kadian by saying that the Speaker had no role in the incident and the Opposition parties were trying to take political mileage out of the incident.

A former Congress Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal, and the HVP general secretary and MP, Mr Surinder Singh, have demanded a CBI probe to bring out the truth. Mr Bhajan Lal has also demanded the resignation of the Speaker. The HPCC chief, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will visit the city on November 29 in this connection, informed Mr Deep Chand Phulia, general secretary of the District Congress Committee.

Meanwhile, the Sangharsh Samiti, an umbrella organisation of local political parties, held a meeting under the chairmanship of Mr Raghbir Singh. It served an ultimatum on the police till December 2, failing which it threatened to launch an agitation.Back

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