Key witness in Khalra case fails to appear in court

February 28, 2005 | Comments Off on Key witness in Khalra case fails to appear in court

On February 18, Kuldeep Singh, the key witness in the Jaswant Singh Khalra case, failed to appear in court for cross-examination. When the court summoned him again on February 22, he sent a medical report stating that he was not well and should be excused. The court then summoned him again on February 23 and 26; he failed to appear on both dates.

On February 26, Additional Judge S.P. Bangarh issued non-bailable warrants against him. The Central Bureau of Investigation is now responsible for presenting Kuldeep Singh before the court on March 2.

Meanwhile Kuldeep’s lawyer Brijinder Singh Sodhi when questioned said he did not know why his client had not presented himself for cross examination. “We have not received any word from him and even today there was no message from him that he was not presenting himself before the court”, Mr Sodhi added.

Kuldeep Singh had testified on February 16 that he had seen Khalra being tortured and had heard the shots that killed him. His testimony implicated KPS Gill, the Director-General of Punjab Police at the time. During the trial, Kuldeep Singh said that he had faced intimidation from the police not to testify and that he feared for his safety.


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