Murder-for-hire suspect sees outpouring of support at court hearing

FRESNO – A Fresno courtroom was packed Wednesday with supporters of the man who police say tried to hire a hitman to murder his former business partner.

Daljit Singh was at a hearing for charges he faces of solicitation of murder and possession of a stolen gun that was supposed to be used in the alleged plot. After the hearing, Singh’s supporters made it clear that they believe in his innocence.

Daljit Singh

Daljit Singh


“We believe he is a very honest guy and a very religious guy,” Harry Gill, a leader in the Sikh community, said after the hearing. “He can’t do this kind of thing.”

Gill, who is a Fresno County planning commissioner and a member of the city police department Chief’s Advisory Board, said that “the truth will come out.”

The crowd continued to grow outside of the courtroom, as more than 100 supporters gathered, holding signs declaring their support for Singh. His wife, Rachel Singh, was among the crowd and said that her husband is “a good man.”

According to police, Daljit Singh was tape-recorded trying to hire a business associate to kill his former business partner, 43-year-old Rama Kant Dawar.

The business associate was Singh’s former employee, Joe Luis Yzaguirre Jr., who went to the police and became an informant for them in the case.  Police wiretapped him and collected evidence against Singh during a two-month investigation.

An affidavit from police Det. George Imirian revealed that Singh allegedly solicited Yzaguirre, a convicted felon, by asking him, “How’d you like to make a pretty penny?” In another recorded incident, Singh said, “I want to take him out,” allegedly referring to Dawar.

Singh reportedly gave a gun to Yzaguirre to be used in Dawar’s murder, but Yzaguirre wasn’t wearing a wire during that alleged meeting.

Singh’s defense team has said that most of the claims against Singh are coming from an informant who has an extensive criminal past, including convictions for burglary, filing a forged document, and grand theft.

Singh’s lawyer, Anthony Capozzi, said that Yzaguirre owns a limousine business that competes with Singh’s limousine business and that may have been a motive to put Singh behind bars and eliminate the competition.

Police have said that Singh’s motive for trying to have Dawar killed was because of a business dispute the two had that led to a lawsuit being decided in Dawar’s favor.

So far the Sikh community has refused to believe that Singh could have solicited Dawar’s murder. Gill said that Singh and Dawar were on “friendly terms.” He said there was no reason for Dawar to fear for his life.

“Rama (Dawar) is not afraid of anybody,” Gill said. “I am very much sure Rama knows that, too.”

Gill said that Singh is a hard-working man and has always been charitable to the Sikh community and other organizations.

“I think he was set up,” Gill said.

Singh’s next court hearing is set for May 4. He is currently being held in Fresno County jail with bail set at $1 million.

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  1. Concerned Citizen
    Concerned Citizen 29 April, 2011, 05:02

    I think Police should not listen to anyone including there advisory committee, they should do there research and investigation and present the case in the court.
    Common Sense : If someone is trying to kill did you piss him off

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  2. Bay
    Bay 29 April, 2011, 21:03

    I’m a little cynical about Dawar’s claims. It seems to me that Singh could’ve been set up. Dawar certainly would have a motive to put Singh behind bars.

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  3. Fresno Boy
    Fresno Boy 19 May, 2011, 05:30

    Police arrested a criminal after having investigation and recordings of audio and video. Criminal had a stolen gun and money given for killing. Police don’t listen advisors, police officers do their job. Multani had more contacts with police officers as towing vehilces for police, sheriff and highway patrol. Multani hired hitman to get Dawar killed, Multani had a motive to kill Dawar. As Multani in jail, Dawar is not getting his money, if Multani was out May be Dawar could get his money. Multani has a huge criminal record and was arrested so many time in his life for different crimes, anyone before posting comments, needs to check the court dockets and record. I know both Dawar and Multani, Multani is nut case and Dawar is a honest person and helps the community all the times, and Multani having stolen guns, what type of support anyone is giving, asking people committ crimes and we will support you. The supporters must know that if it was going to happen to them or to their families, what they were going to do?

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  4. Gagandeep Singh
    Gagandeep Singh 9 November, 2011, 08:36

    i am a family member and only a family member knows what is going on in the family. and the truth is dawar set up my uncle because they were partners before and dawars business didn’t work well so he blamed my uncle for it. and he always told my uncle that one day he will put him in a spot where he would regret messing with him. and as you can see his video with him crying is all lie.. God will help my uncle Daljit singh and karma will come back. always remember that

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  5. Pritpal Singh Randhawa
    Pritpal Singh Randhawa 5 February, 2013, 21:49

    Gagandeep Singh, you must know that I was in the court and do you know that Daljit Multani is a criminal minded person. He admitted that he wanted Dawar Killed. Daljit Multani is a cheater and cheated everyone in the community. Harry Gill and his brother both are criminals and Harry Gill’s brother Avtar was arrested by FBI and as well as for sexual matters, when at Kmart Avtar Gill asked for sexual favors from a Indian Lady. Daljit Multani owed money to Dawar, and instead of paying him back, tried to kill him. It seems to me that you are just ignoring the fact that Mulatin was a criminal. Multani responded to the law suit, hired an attorney, but never responded in a proper way, because he had plan to kill dawar, so still are you talking that dawar set him up, shame on you and all the Sikhs, who supported a criminal like Multani. Supporters of Mulatani and most of them are involved in criminal activities. Gill called all of the criminals to support multani, because multani and gill were buying hookers.

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  6. Pritpal Singh Randhawa
    Pritpal Singh Randhawa 5 February, 2013, 22:00

    You must know that I was in the court and do you know that Daljit Multani is a criminal minded person. He admitted that he wanted Dawar Killed. Daljit Multani is a cheater and cheated everyone in the community. Harry Gill and his brother both are criminals and Harry Gill’s brother Avtar was arrested by FBI and as well as for sexual matters, when at Kmart Avtar Gill asked for sexual favors from a Indian Lady. Daljit Multani owed money to Dawar, and instead of paying him back, tried to kill him. It seems to me that you are just ignoring the fact that Multani was a criminal. Multani responded to the law suit, hired an attorney, but never responded in a proper way, because he had plan to kill Dawar, so still are you talking that Dawar set him up, shame on you and all the Sikhs, who supported a criminal like Multani. Supporters of Multani and most of them are involved in criminal activities. Gill called all of the criminals to support Multani, because Multani and gill were buying hookers. Harry Gill’s so called Akali Dal is also out of control now, and Harry Gill does not have any stand and is having relationship with Multani’s sister Ravinder.

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