One more prosecution witness turn hostile in Badal case

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Rupnagar, Nov 27 (UNI) One more prosecution witness turned hostile in the disproportionate assets case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and others during the recording of prosecution evidence in the court of Rupnagar Special Judge G S Saran.

With this, 25 prosecution witnesses have turned hostile in the case so far.

Today, three prosecution witnesses Cable Operator of Patiala Surinder Singh, Vigilance Bureau Flying Squad-1 SP Paramajit Singh Khaira and retired Vigilance Bureau Economic Offences Wing DSP Gurmukh Singh deposed in the court today.

After the completion of the depositions, of the court fixed January 3 and 4 as next dates for hearing further prosecution evidence in the case.

Today, Sukhi bir Singh Badal and six other accused appeared in the court during the hearing of the case. Narottam Singh Dhillon did not appear in the court today.

In his deposition cable operator Surinder Singh did not support the prosecution story and on the request of Public Prosecutor Pradeep Mehta, the court declared him hostile.

Surinder Singh stated that he had no knowledge about the fact of the case. He said his father and brother were convicted for 20 years in a criminal case and in this connection he had met Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, who was known to his father, so that his father could be released on parole from Jail.

At the end last of 2003, gunman of B.I.S.Chahal came to him and took his signatures on some papers. He denied that he had submitted statement before the Vigilance Bureau on July 8,2003.

He further denied that he knew Narottam Singh Dhillon and had taken one Kamaljit Singh of Khalsa Mohalla Patiala, who was known to him, to Dhillon's residence in Badals village and that Kamlajit had paid Rs one lakh to Dhillon for getting him selected as Assistant Plate maker.

He also denied that he had made any statement that Dhillon gave telephone call to Parkash Singh Badal and his (Kamaljit's) particulars were got noted by Mr Badal.

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