Virbhadra kin murder case: Key witness Gagandeep retracts from original statement

Akansh Sen

Shergill’s retraction comes a week after the Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Chandigarh administration and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s to produce probe transfer files

The Hush Post |12:20 pm| 3-minute-read

The key eye-witness in the Akansh Sen murder case Gagandeep Shergill has retracted from his original statement. Deceased Akansh Sen was a relative of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh. Shera told court that he wasn’t present at the spot when the alleged incident took place. The incident took place outside his house in Sector 9 on February 9, 2017.

Shergill’s retraction comes a week after the Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Chandigarh administration and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s to produce probe transfer files.

Sen died after he was run over by a BMW car thrice. The main accused Balraj Randhawa has been declared a proclaimed offender. Co-accused Harmehtab Singh Rarewala was arrested on February 16, 2017.

He is the grandson of the erstwhile PEPSU chief minister Gian Singh Rarewala. While Randhawa is the son of a former sarpanch of Fatehgarh Sahib.

In his statement to police, Shergill had stated that he was present at the scene. In fact, he had helped in putting an injured Sen in the car to be taken to hospital. However, during cross-examination on Wednesday, he told court that he had not made any such statement.

Police had claimed that Randhawa, who drove the BMW car, was provoked by Rarewala to “hit and kill” Sen outside a Sector 9 house

He claimed he had dropped everyone outside the house in Sector 9 and hence was not an eyewitness to the incident.

As per the police investigations, the crime was the result of enmity between Shergill and Rarewala. It all started with a trip to Manali where the duo had a tiff over some women friends who had accompanied them.

Shergill had thrashed Rarewala so badly that he had to be hospitalised in Manali for several days. Seeking to avenge the thrashing, Rarewala called Shergill to his farmhouse in Landran a few weeks later. Then he thrashed him with the help of his aides.

On the fateful day, 11 friends, including three woman, had gone for a get-together at Boombox Café in Sector 9, co-owned by Sen.

Later, Sen, Shergill and Rarewala went to the house of Deep Sidhu (a national shooter) in Sector 9. The argument between Shergill and Rarewala resurfaced. When the matter went out of hand, Sidhu told all to leave.

Police had claimed that Randhawa, drove the BMW car, was provoked by Rarewala to “hit and kill” Sen. The challan was presented in June last year. The charges against Rarewala were framed under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

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