Ajit Singh was accused of murder, but found to be implicated
7th March 2011: Ajit Singh will soon be flying back to London.
Implicated by the Haryana Police, the non resident Indian’s plans of returning to London’s Hay Mill Closs were grounded. But, with the High Court of Punjab and Haryana in the Indian city of Chandigarh coming to his rescue, Ajit Singh can look forward to his return.
Acquitting him, the High Court Division Bench of Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and M. Jeyapaul has asked the state of Haryana to apply balm to the NRI victim of implication and asked the authorities concerned to ensure his travel expenses, including air fare, are taken care of.
Cooperation is also top be extended to him for getting the requisite travel documents, the Bench has further directed the authorities concerned.
The Bench has ruled: “A false case has virtually pushed the appellant (Ajit Singh) to penury. He has faced an ordeal and unknown hardship on account of false implication in a murder case. The state is bound to apply balm on the wounds the appellant has received on account of the irresponsible act of the personnel of the police force.
The case against Ajit Singh dates back to April 14, 2002, when the body of his co-brother Kuldeep Singh was found lying on the road. The brother of the deceased told the police that he suspected Ajit Singh of having illicit ties with his sister-in-law.
The police then proceeded against Ajit Singh of London’s Hay Mill Close who was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment by an Indian Court in Haryana’s city of Gurgaon.
Setting aside the judgment, the Bench asserted: “A case of accidental death was intentionally converted by a sub inspector into a case of murder, implicating the appellant in order to fleece him… A blood-stained stone was purposely introduced by the sub inspector with a view to book a false case of murder against the appellant”.
The Bench added the NRI has been shabbily treated, with an eye on his money. “In our opinion, such false implication will send a wrong message to persons living permanently on foreign shores. It is high time such a trend is nipped in the bud before it snowballs into a gigantic problem”.