Charges Framed against Inspector General Saini and Three Officers in 12-year-old Disappearance Case

December 7, 2006 | Comments Off on Charges Framed against Inspector General Saini and Three Officers in 12-year-old Disappearance Case

On December 6, 2006, a Delhi court framed charges of criminal conspiracy and wrongful confinement, among others, against Punjab Inspector General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini, and police officers Sukhmohinder Singh Sandhu, Paramjit Singh and Balbir Chand Tiwari in the case of the 1994 abduction, illegal detention and disappearance of two Ludhiana businessmen and their driver. According to the prosecution, in March 1994 Vinod Kumar disappeared from the custody of the Ludhiana Kotwali station, along with his brother-in-law Ashok Kumar and driver Mukhtiyar Singh, after being detained between February 23, 1994 and March 3, 1994. The court notes that evidence gathered from the CBI’s investigation suggests then-SSP Saini wanted Vinod and Ashok Kumar to implicate their family business, Saini Motors, in illegal activities. SSP Saini was in a feud with his relatives Narender and Meenakshi Saini, owners of Saini Motors. The CBI registered the case on April 18 1994 on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and filed the chargesheet in May 2000. In 2004, the case was transferred to Delhi on orders from the Supreme Court after a petition by Amar Kaur, mother of Vinod Kumar.


The police officials have challenged the charges, stating that the missing individuals have been on the run since March 1994. On December 15, Saini filed a petition seeking the quashing of the charges. The Court issued notice to the CBI and sought its reply by January 23.


 


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