No anticipatory bail for Sumedh Saini in Multani case

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail petition filed by Punjab’s former Director-General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini in three-decade-old Multani kidnapping and homicide case.

Justice Fateh Deep Singh additionally dismissed one other petition filed by Saini for declaring the probe “non-est” and in violation of a Supreme Court judgment.

Saini, in the meanwhile, has no safety from the Court within the FIR registered towards him within the case alleging unlawful abduction, detention, torture and custodial dying of Balwant Singh Multani in December 1991. He now has the choice to pursue his authorized cures by shifting the Supreme Court or to give up both within the courtroom or earlier than the police.

The state, within the meantime, can provoke proceedings for declaring him proclaimed offender (PO).    

Saini had filed the petition following the addition of homicide offence beneath Section 302 of the IPC to the case.

Appearing earlier than the Bench by means of videoconferencing, Saini’s counsel had primarily argued that he was earlier granted bail in the identical case when it was registered for abduction beneath Section 364 of the IPC.

As such, he ought to be granted anticipatory bail on the addition of Section 302 because it was the identical case. He additionally pressed upon the truth that the FIR registered by the CBI in 2008 for a similar incident was put aside by the Supreme Court.

Rebutting the arguments, senior advocate Sidharth Luthra and particular public prosecutor S.S. Narula had argued the investigation was at its preliminary stage when the accused was granted bail for the offence beneath Section 364. At that point, hardly any proof was collected by the particular investigation workforce. As of now, there was ample proof on report for indictment of Saini in Multani’s custodial dying.

It was added his custodial interrogation was required to search out out about police officers concerned in unlawful abduction, detention, torture, and disposal of Multani’s physique.

The Bench was additionally instructed a few triple homicide case happening towards Saini in Delhi. Even after his retirement, the CBI’s investigating officer had turned hostile. It was added Saini was additionally accountable for intimidating a sitting High Court decide.

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