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ATTACK ON FM’S HOUSE IN ROHTAK SC to decide on extension to complete trial on Apr 4 Appeal On Pendency To Come Up On April 10

March 21, 2019 06:57 AM

COURTESY TOI MARCH 21

ATTACK ON FM’S HOUSE IN ROHTAK
SC to decide on extension to complete trial on Apr 4
Appeal On Pendency To Come Up On April 10
Ajay.Sura@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

The Supreme Court is expected to take a decision on giving extension to complete the trial in relation to the attack on Haryana finance minister Captain Abhimanyu’s residence in Rohtak during February 2016 Jat agitation, on April 4.


The CBI through the ministry of home affairs (MHA) had approached the apex court seeking extension of time for completion of the trial.

On March 6, the SC had asked the parties related to the case to submit responses on the issue within two weeks. The SC then adjourned the matter for hearing for April 4.

The information regarding the pendency of the matter before the apex court was submitted by CBI counsel Sumeet Goel on March 13 before the Punjab and Haryana high court. Hearing Goel’s reply, Justice Daya Chaudhary of the HC has now adjourned the hearing of the case for April 10.

The matter is pending before the HC in the wake of a petition filed by Dilawar Singh, one of the accused allegedly involved in attacking Abhimanyu’s house, seeking bail on the grounds that the trial court has failed to meet the deadline set by SC to complete the trial.

In his plea seeking bail, Dilawar had argued that as per the order dated May 1, 2018, passed by the SC, the CBI was directed to complete the investigation within a period of two months so as to commence the trial latest by July 10, 2018 and to conclude it by the end of 2018.

He further contended that investigation in the case has been completed and challan has also been presented, but trial is not in progress. Seeking directions to release him on bail, Dilawar had also submitted that he is in custody for the past around three years.

During February 2016 Jat violence, several persons had attacked and set on fire the house of Captain Abhimanyu’s family and tried to burn all the family members staying there. However, they were saved by some family members and other persons present there.

The crowd of agitators smashed and destroyed the house and looted articles, including cash and jewelry, worth crores of rupees. Initially, the case was registered at Rohtak police station, but later it was handed over to the CBI.

In its chargesheet submitted by the CBI in July last year, the premier agency found that Dilawar Singh, a veteran of Indian Air Force, also played a major role in the attack on the minister’s house. As per the report, Dilawar led the agitators to the house of Captain’s house after the firing incident at Delhi bypass chowk on February 19, 2016 at 2.30 pm

 
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