No reduction for Punjab ex-DGP Sumedh Saini, HC reserves verdict

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7

Punjab’s former Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini couldn’t get reduction from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the present day within the three-decade-old Multani kidnapping and homicide case.

Taking up an anticipatory bail petition and one other plea filed by Saini for declaring the probe “non est” and in violation of a Supreme Court judgment, Justice Fateh Deep Singh reserved the decision in each issues. Saini, in the meanwhile, has no safety from the courtroom within the FIR registered towards him on the allegations of unlawful abduction, detention, torture and custodial loss of life of Balwant Singh Multani in December 1991.

The bail petition was filed following the addition of homicide offence below Section 302 of the IPC to the case. Appearing earlier than the Bench via video-conferencing on Saini’s behalf, senior advocate APS Deol and HS Deol primarily argued that he was earlier granted bail in the identical case when it was registered for abduction below Section 364 of the IPC. As such, he needs 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, particular public prosecutor SS Narula and senior advocate Sidharth Luthra argued that the investigation was at its preliminary stage when the accused was granted bail for the offence below Section 364. At that point, hardly any proof was collected by the particular investigation workforce. As of now, there was enough proof on document for the indictment of Saini in Multani’s custodial loss of life.

Narula stated his custodial interrogation was required to search out out in regards to the police officers concerned within the unlawful abduction, detention, torture, and disposal of Multani’s physique. The Bench was additionally informed a few triple homicide case occurring towards Saini in Delhi. Even after his retirement, the CBI’s investigating officer had turned hostile. It was added that Saini was additionally liable for intimidating a sitting High Court choose.

After listening to arguments for greater than 4 hours, Justice Fateh Deep Singh reserved the decision, whereas fixing the case for Tuesday.

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