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Ex-Judge deposes in Saini case

New Delhi,  A former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has deposed before a Delhi court in a 23-year-old kidnapping case against DGP Sumedh Singh Saini.
Justice Rajive Bhalla, who retired from the High Court in March last year, appeared before Special CBI Judge MK Nagpal on February 9 as a prosecution witness.
Justice Bhalla was counsel for Vinod Kumar, one of the three missing men feared murdered, before his elevation to the Bench as an HC Judge.
Justice Bhalla was examined by Special Public Prosecutor YK Saxena, but his deposition remained inconclusive. Saxena told the court that it would “take quite a long time and may be stretched to many days…”
The prosecutor said he would consider moving an application for recording further evidence of the former Judge –currently the Chairman of the Punjab Education Tribunal — through a Local Commissioner.
Saini is accused of being involved in the kidnapping and elimination of three persons in 1994. After a detailed investigation, the CBI filed a chargesheet and the court has already framed charges in the case. Saini is currently out on bail.
Delhi businessman Ashish Kumar had earlier claimed in the High Court that Saini was out to eliminate him. Ashish had alleged that his brother, Vinod, brother-in-law Ashok Kumar and driver Mukhtiar Singh were kidnapped and later eliminated, and the CBI probe found Saini and three other police officials responsible for their disappearance.
Ashish had alleged that Vinod was picked up from the High Court premises on March 15, 1994, after the conclusion of court proceedings.


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