Sedi­tion charge against Honey may go

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Man­jeet Se­h­gal in Chandi­garh

AC­CUSED of sedi­tion and mas­ter­mind­ing the Panchkula vi­o­lence on Au­gust 25, 2017, Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s clos­est aide Honeypreet In­san con­tin­ues to be in Am­bala Cen­tral Jail for the last seven months. The charges lev­elled by the po­lice in the chargesheet on Novem­ber 28, 2017 are, how­ever, yet to be framed against her and Dera fol­low­ers.

The ar­gu­ments on fram­ing of charges could not be started on Tues­day (May 15) as the com­pact disc of the charge sheet was not at­tached with it. There are spec­u­la­tions that the sedi­tion charges against Honeypreet and oth­ers may be dropped in fu­ture as the charge sheet lacked strong ev­i­dences to prove sedi­tion charges.

The Panchkula Court on Feb­ru­ary 19 had dropped sedi­tion charges against 53 Dera fol­low­ers as the po­lice could not sub­mit in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dences, in­clud­ing CCTV footage to frame the charges. The ac­cused 53 Dera fol­low­ers were, how­ever, booked un­der a sep­a­rate FIR.

FIR against Honeypreet and 14 oth­ers was regis­tered un­der sec­tion 150, 153, 121, 121A, 120B of IPC for ‘wag­ing war against the state’.

Though the po­lice claimed it did its best to col­lect as much ev­i­dences as it could to make the case against Dera peo­ple, but the com­mis­sioner of Panchkula po­lice, AS Chawla, told IN­DIA TO­DAY TV that the ev­i­dences against Honeypreet and oth­ers might not be as strong as wanted to be. Pri­mar­ily be­cause the cave, where the con­spir­acy was hatched, was in­ac­ces­si­ble to any­one, in­clud­ing the po­lice.

“If you look into the vol­ume of peo­ple that were there, and the vol­ume of load that came upon the po­lice to say that they could have got ev­i­dences from in­side the cave (Goofa), which was in­ap­proach­able to any body, to es­tab­lish the con­spir­acy be­hind that vi­o­lence, it would be a very tough thing. But I can as­sure you about one thing, that the po­lice has done its best, and we have done that is hon­estly there. We have tried to col­lect max­i­mum ev­i­dences that we could.”

Po­lice don’t have ev­i­dence against Ram Rahim’s aide

Honeypreet In­san was ar­rested for mas­ter­mind­ing Panchkula vi­o­lence in 2017.

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