Sanjay Salhotra sentenced for the murder of Harinder Rattan

06/08/2015

Sanjay Salhotra, 26, was sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court to life with a minimum of 26-and-a-half years for the murder of Harinder Rattan, 42, on 4th January 2015 in Southall. Inderjit Bhachu,28, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to perverting the course of justice for helping Sanjay Salhotra to dispose of his clothes after the murder. He was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Harinder Rattan was stabbed nine times close to his home in Southall and left for dead.

"Mr Rattan was targeted by Sanjay Salhotra in a revenge attack following an incident in December 2014 where he was attacked in his car by Sanjay Salhotra and retaliated in self-defence, hitting his attacker with a crowbar.

"On the night of 4th January Mr Rattan left his house to go to one of his local shops, however, he never returned and at around 11.30pm that nigh Mr Rattan was found in the street covered in blood. He had been stabbed several times and later died from his injuries.

"In the early hours of the next morning Sanjay Salhotra and Inderjit Bhachu drove to Ashford where they burned Salhotra's clothes, in a clear attempt to destroy evidence linking him to the murder.

"This senseless crime has left a family without a husband and father. I hope today's sentences can bring some small comfort to the Rattan family. Our thoughts are with them."