Shahjahanpur NRI murder case: Public prosecutor shunted out after complaint by victim’s son, mother – Times of India

SHAHJAHANPUR: In a recent development in the gruesome murder of British citizen Sukhjeet Singh, SSP Shahjahanpur changed the public prosecutor following a complaint against him by the victim’s son and mother.
Speaking to TOI, SSP Shahjahanpur, Ashok Kumar Meena, said, “The family complained that the electronic evidence in the case diary submitted in court was damaged and the public prosecutor was more inclined towards the accused. Since it is a sensitive case, we discussed it with district government counsel (DGC), crime, Anuj Singh and changed the public prosecutor immediately. We checked the case diary and found that the self-confession of the accused recorded on a compact disc was mishandled. Since the confession was in front of police, it is not considered under the Evidence Act.”
DGC Singh said, “We have appointed ADGC Vinod Shukla for this case as the family has problems with the previous counsel. The next date of hearing in this case is September 18. We have sufficient evidence, including the statement of the victim’s son, who is an eyewitness in this case.”
Sukhjeet Singh’s childhood friend Gurpreet Singh, also known as Miththu, murdered the 34-year-old British national hailing from Derby in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2016, during Sukhjeet’s holiday visit to his native village.
Sukhjeet’s wife, Ramandeep Kaur Mann, also a British citizen, faces charges of conspiring in the heinous act along with Miththu.
Sukhjeet and Ramandeep’s elder son, who was just nine years old at the time and is the eyewitness in the case, said, “I still remember what I saw on that night. I especially came to India to ensure a speedy trial in court.”
“I requested the SSP Shahjahanpur to change the public prosecutor. The SSP was a kind gentleman and he responded to my request. He also promised justice in this case. I want my father’s killers to be punished by the law,” Sukhjeet’s elder son, who is now 16 and recently arrived in India and appeared in court during a court hearing, said.
The police had filed two chargesheets in this case. In the primary chargesheet, the investigating officer had not recorded the statement of the victim’s son, despite him being an eyewitness. After TOI published the statement of the son, senior officials took cognizance and filed a supplementary chargesheet against the victim’s wife and friend.
Sukhjeet was born in Basantapur village in Banda block of Shahjahanpur district and spent most of his childhood with his elder sister, Kulvinder Turna, in Punjab. Sukhjeet moved to the UK in the early 2000s, where he got married to Ramandeep.
The second accused in this case, Gurpreet Singh, was a childhood friend of Sukhjeet. As per police records, Sukhjeet and his family had gone on vacation in Dubai, where Ramandeep fell in love with Gurpreet. They later planned Sukhjeet’s murder in India.
In the UK, Ramandeep’s parents had applied for custody of their grandsons. But the children refused to be with their maternal grandparents and decided to stay with their father’s kin. The custody of the children was granted to Sukhjeet’s kin by a UK court in 2017.

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