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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Court allows CBI to take voice samples of suspended inspector

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27

The special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has allowed an application moved by the agency to take voice samples of suspended inspector Jaswinder Kaur, an accused in a graft case.

While moving the application, the inspector, CBI (ACB), Chandigarh, SS Rathore, said, "Permission is required to take specimen voice sample of accused Jaswinder, who was sent into four-day police custody yesterday."

The court allowed the application after Jaswinder gave her no objection for giving the voice sample while denying the allegation mentioned in the application.

The counsel for the accused, Terminder Singh, said the transcript mentioned in the application was also wrong.

In the application, the CBI stated that an FIR was registered on June 29, 2020, under various sections of the PC Act, 1988, against accused Jaswinder Kaur, former SHO, Mani Majra, Chandigarh, and Bhagwan Singh, a private person, on the basis of written complaint of Gurdeep Singh on the allegation of demanding a bribe of Rs 5 lakh.

Out of Rs 5 lakh, Rs 2 lakh was paid by the complainant to accused Bhagwan. The CBI laid a successful trap and caught Bhagwan while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 1 lakh on behalf of Jaswinder Kaur.

During post-trap proceedings, Bhagwan also telephonically conveyed to Jaswinder Kaur that the money was handed over to him by Gurdeep as per contents mentioned in the relevant transcription as well as post-trap memo.

Accused Jaswinder Kaur, the then SHO, did not join the investigation despite her anticipatory bail being rejected by the Court of Special Judge, CBI, Chandigarh, and the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the CBI stated.

During trap proceedings conduit Bhagwan called accused Jaswinder Kaur in the presence of independent witnesses to intimate acceptance of bribe money by him from Gurdeep, the complainant.

The said call between Bhagwan and Jaswinder Kaur was recorded and was an important evidence in the case. Further investigation of the present case depends upon the specimen voice sample of accused Jaswinder Kaur. Accordingly, Jaswinder Kaur was asked to give her specimen voice in the presence of an independent witness.

from The Tribune

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