September 16, 2016 | By Parmjeet Singh
Patiala: The Patiala police have prepared a charge-sheet against senior journalist turned Aam Aadmi Party politician Kanwar Sandhu besides five other persons in relation to an incident which occurred on December 19, 2015 inside the jail premises. Others named in the case include former police cat turned cop Gurmeet Pinky and four members of the jail staff.
According to Times of India (TOI) the charge-sheet holds Kanwar Sandhu, Gurmeet Pinky and four members of the jail staff as guilty of illegal entry and forgery in jail records.
Notably, the FIR in this case was registered under Sections 166 (Public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person), 167 (Public servant farming an incorrect document with intent to cause injury), 218 (Public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture), 465, (forgery), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 54 (Offenses by Prison Subordinates) of the Prison’s Act.
Patiala SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan reportedly said that the in the next seven to ten days, the challan would be presented in the court as police had completed investigations in the case.
According to the IO, the charge-sheet states that the jail staff carried an official register to Fatehgarh Sahib where Sandhu and Pinky were present. The staff illegally entered the names of the two, in the register and took their signatures, notes Time of India (TOI).
Notably, Kanwar Sandhu’s interview with Gurmeet Pinky had exposed widespread and systematic abuse of Human Rights in Punjab during post-1984 to mid-1990s period. According to Kanwar Sandhu’s earlier statements released on YouTube, Kanwar Sandhu had visited the Patiala jail on the day of incident to meet Balwant Singh Rajoana on the request of her sister. As per media reports, Balwant Singh Rajoana had attacked Kanwar Sandhu during the meeting.