Lawyer in Khalra trial threatened

March 26, 2005 | Comments Off on Lawyer in Khalra trial threatened

On March 24, Brijinder Singh Sodhi, the prosecution lawyer in the Jaswant Singh Khalra trial, said that one of the accused police officers threatened him.

Mr Sodhi claimed that the incident occurred when he was going to enter the court at around 11.30 a.m. He said a police officer, Surinderpal Singh, who was the Station House Officer of Sarhali in Tarn Taran when Khalra was kidnapped in 1995, threatened him saying “earlier we might have broken your legs but now we will have to kill you”.

This incident follows several threatening calls to Sodhi over the past week. Sodhi stated that he would report the threat to Judge SP Bangarh, the President, the Prime Minister, and other senior officials. He added that he did not report the threat to the police as he had no faith in them, and that if anything happened to him or his family, the accused police officers would be responsible for it.

In other developments in the Khalra case, cross-examination of CBI Superintendent of Police KS Joshi ended on March 24. The prosecution also filed an application to summon to court Kikar Singh, an earlier witness who had turned hostile after spending 2.5 years in police detention because of implication in five false criminal cases.
Please read this month’s ENSAAF Dispatch, with a detailed article on recent developments in the trial of the disappearance of Jaswant Singh Khalra.


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