Ajay Pal Singh Middukhera, the brother of murdered Youth Akali Dal leader Vicky Middukhera, has moved the Punjab & Haryana High Court fearing for his security after the murder of Punjabi singer and politician Sidhu Moosewala [Ajay Pal Singh Middukhera v State Of Punjab].
Justice Karamjit Singh sought a response from the State government in this regard and directed the Senior Superintendent of Police to assess the threat perception, and do the needful should the situation warrant.
The petitioner claimed that he was the sole eye-witness to the murder of his brother, and would play a crucial role in leading evidence against the gangsters who committed the murder.
“The petitioner fears that these gangsters will eliminate him in order to protect themselves from the process of law,” the plea said.
Reliance was placed on certain news reports to submit that the gangsters were provided information, as well as accommodation and food by one Shagundeep.
The petitioner stated that Shagundeep was Sidhu Moosewala’s manager, and that Moosewala’s name was also surfacing with respect to his brother’s murder.
It was submitted that despite the information available with Punjab Police, they did not act fearing Moosewala’s influence and let Shagundeep flee to Australia.
“The Punjab Police under the fear of these gangsters and singer Sidhu Moosewala who had successfully conducted the Punjab Legislative Election deliberately did not arrest Shagundeep immediately.”
Therefore, the petitioner’s primary fear was that the gangsters will kill him or his family members in order to prevent him from giving a statement during the trial.
The petitioner, therefore, urged the court to consider his plea stating that the citizens’ faith will only be reposed in the judicial system and police machinery if witnesses are protected and quick trial is conducted.
The Deputy Advocate General Samina Dhir appeared for the state and sought time to seek instructions and file a reply. The Court granted the same and listed the case for further hearing on August 18, 2022.
Senior Advocate Bipan Ghai and Advocate Manpreet Singh Dhaliwal appeared for the petitioner.