Court orders CBI probe fifteen years after disappearance

September 15, 2005 | Comments Off on Court orders CBI probe fifteen years after disappearance

More than fifteen years
after Palwinder Singh of Kapurthala was killed in a fake encounter, the
Punjab and Haryana High Court has finally ordered a CBI probe into his
death. The court issused these orders after Darshan Singh, Palwinder
Singh’s father, filed a petition to establish an independent probe into
the case. Darshan Singh says that the Punjab police picked up Palwinder
Singh from his home on March 27, 1993, and kept him in illegal
detention till April 3. The police later claimed that they arrested
Palwinder Singh on April 3 and that he escaped from custody that
day.  The police frequently fabricated such stories to hide
custodial deaths or extrajudicial killings.

Darshan Singh had stated that a letter in this regard was written by
Kapurthala’s then Senior Superintendent of Police to the Deputy
Commissioner concerned. It was only at a later stage that they came to
know about Palwinder Singh’s death in the alleged encounter.

A Judicial Blackout: Judicial Impunity for Disappearances in Punjab, India
examines how the judiciary ignored cases of police abuse such as faked
encounters and extrajudicial executions. The courts attempted to “sweep
the matter under the carpet” by dismissing petitions based on police
versions of cases or delays.


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