Less than four months after he was booked for abetment to suicide of a 23-year-old woman, suspended Punjab Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohan Lal on Thursday was acquitted of all charges by a Mohali court after three prosecution witnesses, including the girl’s father and maternal uncle, turned hostile.
Lakhwinder Singh, the girl’s father and the prime witness on whose complaint Lal had been booked in June, turned hostile and said that his daughter, Loveleen Kaur, had committed suicide because she was under examination-related stress and depressed due to her academic performance.
Lakhwinder, a head constable working under SP Lal at Batala at the time of the incident, had earlier lodged a complaint a month after the incident claiming that he was under pressure not to take Lal’s name. According to the chargesheet filed by the police, he had alleged that his daughter was illegally confined and raped by Lal on the pretext of getting her a job with Punjab Police. Lal was then booked for abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code.
On Wednesday, however, Lakhwinder retracted his version. Two other witnesses, girl’s maternal uncle Balwinder Singh and sarpanch Buddha Singh, turned hostile after which Lal was acquitted.
In May this year, Kaur from Gurdaspur had jumped to death from a sixth-floor flat in Rishi Apartments owned by Lal. She was allegedly having an illicit relationship with Lal who was already married. Lakhwinder had also alleged his daughter was raped and beaten before she committed suicide. Lal had surrendered in June after he was booked by the police in Zirakpur.