After the CBI on Wednesday arrested a judge’s daughter, Kalyani Singh, for the 2015 murder of national-level gunman Sippy Sidhu in Chandigarh, the agency told a court the murder was the result of a relationship which had gone wrong.
In its remand request for questioning, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that Kalyani Singh and Sukhmanpreet Singh (aka Sippy Sidhu) were in a close relationship and she wanted to marry him. His proposal was rejected by Sippy Sidhu’s parents, the agency said.
Sippy Sidhu leaked some of her photographs to her relatives and friends, which embarrassed her and her family, the CBI added.
His mother, Justice Sabina, is currently the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh. Justice Sabina has in the past been assigned to the High Court of Punjab and Haryana in Chandigarh.
Regarding Kalyani Singh’s alleged role, the CBI further told the Special Court that on September 18, 2015, two days before the murder, she contacted Sippy Sidhu “through other people’s cell phones” and “coerced him to meet her at a park in Sector 27, Chandigarh. They met between September 18 and 20 in this park, he said.
On the day of the murder, September 20, “there is evidence confirming his presence with Sippy Sidhu in the evening”. “Investigation further revealed that an unknown assailant and Kalyani Singh killed Sippy Sidhu using firearms. Subsequently, both were seen fleeing,” the statement said. agency in court.
Sippy Sidhu, grandson of a former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge and son of a prominent lawyer, was shot four times with a “short firearm” on September 20, 2015, a announced the police. His body was found the following morning.
Kalyani Singh had been under the agency’s scanner for a long time because it emerged during the investigation that “a woman was accompanying Sidhu’s killer”. The CBI had filed an ‘untraceable report’ in 2020 in the case saying it did not have enough evidence to charge her but had requested permission to continue the investigation due to ‘strong suspicions about her “.
The case had been handed over to the CBI in January 2016 after the intervention of the Governor of Punjab, who is also the administrator of Chandigarh UT. In September of that year, the CBI announced Rs 5 lakh for anyone with clues.
In a newspaper ad at the time, the CBI said: “There is reason to believe that a woman was accompanying Sippy’s killer at the time of the murder. Said woman also has the opportunity to come forward and contact us if she is innocent. Otherwise, it will be presumed that she participated in the offence.”
As the case dragged on, in December 2021, the CBI increased the reward for the clues to Rs 10 lakh. At the last hearing, the CBI requested a one-month extension to file a status report.
On Wednesday, the CBI requested a 10-day pretrial detention, but the court granted him four days. The CBI said it wanted to interview him to find other people likely involved and to find the weapon and vehicles used in the crime.