Rape charges framed against Lan­gah

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB - Ka­maljit Singh Ka­mal let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

GURDASPUR : A lo­cal court on Wed­nes­day framed charges against for­mer Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) min­is­ter Sucha Singh Lan­gah who was booked in Septem­ber last year for al­legedly rap­ing a Pun­jab Po­lice woman con­sta­ble.

The com­plainant had also sub­mit­ted a video in which Lan­gah was seen in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion with her. The video had gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia dur­ing the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by­poll.

On Wed­nes­day, Lan­gah was brought on pro­duc­tion war­rant from the high-se­cu­rity 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 the charges but the court re­jected the same. The court fixed Fe­bru­ary 28 as the next day of hear­ing.

Lan­gah was re­cently ad­mit­ted to the Post­grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (PGIMER), Chandi­garh, after he had com­plained of high sugar level. He had failed to ap­pear in the court for a cou­ple of times even through video­con­fer­enc­ing.

Then the court is­sued pro­duc­tion war­rant against him and directed the po­lice to bring him.

Speak­ing to the me­dia out­side the court, Lan­gah said he was forcibly dis­charged from the PGI even as he had not re­cov­ered from ill­ness.

Lan­gah was booked un­der Sec­tions 376 (rape), 384 (ex­tor­tion), 420 (cheat­ing) and 506 (crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code at the Gurdaspur city po­lice sta­tion on Septem­ber 29 last year.

On Oc­to­ber 6, on the com­plaint of some Sikh or­gan­i­sa­tions Sec­tion 295-A (hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments) was also added to the FIR.

A Pun­jab Po­lice woman con­sta­ble, who was a class­mate of Lan­gah’s daugh­ter, had com­plained against him of rap­ing her re­peat­edly since 2009 and also of sell­ing off her prop­er­ties fraud­u­lently.

On the ba­sis of the video, Lan­gah was also ex­com­mu­ni­cated from the Sikh Panth by the Akal Takht. Lan­gah had been ab­scond­ing be­fore he sur­ren­dered in a Gurdaspur court on Oc­to­ber 4.

On Oc­to­ber 3, he had moved the Pun­jab and Haryana high court, last year seek­ing an­tic­i­pa­tory bail for 72 hours plead­ing that the said case was reg­is­tered against him at the be­hest of his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents as part of a con­spir­acy.

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For­mer SAD min­is­ter Sucha Singh Lan­gah greets sup­port­ers after be­ing brought to a court in Gurdaspur on Wed­nes­day.

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