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Sippy Sidhu murder case: CBI arrests daughter of Himachal Pradesh HC acting chief justice

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Wednesday, The CBI arrested Kalyani Singh, the daughter of Justice Sabina Singh, the acting chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court, in connection with the 2015 murder of national-level shooter Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Sippy Sidhu, over six years ago in Chandigarh.

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Officials said that during investigation, The CBI had called Kalyani Singh to its office for questioning after it recovered “documentary material” indicating her affair with Sidhu had turned sour, they said. During the questioning, Kalyani Singh, daughter of Acting Chief Justice Sabina Singh, was allegedly “evasive” in her responses following which the CBI arrested her, the officials said.

Sippy Sidhu, grandson of a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and son of a noted lawyer, was shot four times from a “short gun firearm” on September 20, 2015, police had said. His body was found the next morning. The case had been handed over to the CBI in January 2016 after intervention of the Punjab Governor, who also serves as the Chandigarh UT Administrator. In September that year, the CBI announced Rs 5 lakh for anyone with clues.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Kalyani Singh and Sukhmanpreet Singh (alias Sippy Sidhu) were in a close relationship, and she wanted to marry him. Her proposal was rejected by Sippy Sidhu’s parents, the agency said. The CBI further said, Sippy Sidhu leaked some of her photographs to her parents and friends, which embarrassed her family and her.

On Wednesday, the CBI sought 10 days’ remand but the court gave it four days. The CBI said it wanted to interrogate her to find the other persons likely involved, and to find the weapon and vehicles used in the crime.

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