Akali ex­min­is­ter Sucha Singh faces rape charges

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - Ka­maljit Singh Ka­mal let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDIGARH: A lo­cal court on Wed­nes­day framed charges against for­mer Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal min­is­ter Sucha Singh Lan­gah booked in Septem­ber last year for al­legedly rap­ing a Pun­jab Po­lice woman con­sta­ble. The com­plainant also sub­mit­ted a video in which Lan­gah was seen in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion with her.

On Wed­nes­day, Lan­gah was brought on pro­duc­tion war­rant from Nabha jail to the court of Gur­daspur ad­di­tional district and ses­sions judge Prem Ku­mar Garg. De­fence coun­sel SS Basra pleaded for an­other date for fram­ing charges but it was re­jected. The court fixed Fe­bru­ary 28 as the next day of hear­ing.

Lan­gah was re­cently ad­mit­ted to Post­grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (PGIMER), Chandigarh, af­ter com­plain­ing of high sugar level. He failed to ap­pear in court a cou­ple of times even through video­con­fer­enc­ing. He was booked un­der Sec­tions 376 (rape), 384 (ex­tor­tion), 420 (cheat­ing) and 506 (crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion) of IPC on Septem­ber 29 last year. On Oc­to­ber 6, on com­plaint of some Sikh or­gan­i­sa­tions, Sec­tion 295-A (hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments) was also added to the FIR.

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