ROPAR, Punjab—The Session Court of Ropar on February 14 acquitted Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara in a 1992 murder case of Police constable registered against him. Currently, Jathedar Hawara is being confined in Tihar Jail of Delhi. He was appointed as Jathedar of Supreme Sikh throne Sri Akal Takht Sahib by Sarbat Khalsa on November 10, 2015 at village Chabba situated on the outskirts of Amritsar.
The case pertains to killing of a Police constable in cross firing between Police cops and unidentified armed men on December 21, 1992 in Ropar. Police constable Sunil Kumar, Sohan Lal and Raj Kumar were injured in the firing by unidentified men at check post in Ropar. Later, Sunil Kumar succumbed to his injuries and an FIR under murder charges was registered against unidentified armed men by the Police. The Police had later inducted name of Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara in the FIR.
Additional Session Judge Sunita Kumari Sharma on February 14 acquitted Jathedar Hawara in this case citing insufficiency of evidence against him. The Court addressed its verdict via video conference as the Tihar Jail authorities had been denying to produce Jathedar Hawara in Court due to security reasons.
As per information available from a reliable source, Jathedar Hawara was facing five murder cases in his home constituency Ropar and now he has been acquitted in all.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org