MOHALI — Finally after 20 Court hearings and 59 days of various Police remands, Jagtar Johal has been sent to judicial custody at Nabha Jail till 31st January.
Scottish Sikh youth Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi, was reproduced on 2nd Jan before the NIA’s Special Court of Additional Session Judge Ms. Anshul Berry. Notably, Jaggi was in NIA’s custody till date in murder case of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain.
After getting acquainted of the developments in questioning Jagtar Singh Johal in serial murders that occurred in Punjab, the Additional Session Judge Ms. Anshul Berry sent him to judicial custody for 30 days i.e. till January 31, 2018. He has been sent to Maximum Security Jail of Nabha.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the NIA didn’t lodge any reply to the Court in relation to Defence counsel’s demand of conducting medical checkup of Jagtar Singh Johal from a psychologist and a psychiatrist.
Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh Shera sent to two days remand with NIA
The NIA on Tuesday took two of accused arrested for allegedly executing targeted killings across Punjab, Hardeep Singh Shera and Ramandeep Singh aka Canadian, in custody to question them about their role in pastor Sultan Masih’s murder. Masih was shot dead in Ludhiana July 15 last year.
NIA senior prosecutor Surinder Singh said that during the investigation of the targeted killings, it came to light that Shera and Ramandeep were involved in Masih’s killing.
After the court hearing, Surinder Singh told media that although the prosecution had demanded 12 days custody of the accused Shera and Ramandeep, but the strong opposing arguments of Defence counsel Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur forced the Court to sanction their two days remand with NIA.
“Masih was killed to distract the attention of the investigating agencies. During the investigation of the targeted killings it came to light that the main targets were other Hindu leaders and Masih was killed so that the investigators could be confused about who were the main targets of the assailants,” an officer told media.
Masih was shot dead outside a church on the evening of July 15 in Peerubanda Mohalla area in Ludhiana. During the investigation, the agency had also found that the conspiracy was hatched to destabilize the communal harmony in the state by killing only Hindu leaders while Christian and Muslim leaders were not in the actual hit list.
It is also learnt that the National Investigation Agency didn’t lodge any reply before the Court in relation to arrest Bhai Ramandeep Singh and Bhai Hardeep Singh Shera in all the cases being probed by the NIA at the same time.