Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court at this time dismissed the anticipatory bail petition filed by Punjab’s former Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini within the 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” (nothing) and in violation of a Supreme Court judgment. Saini, in the intervening time, has no safety from the courtroom within the FIR registered in opposition to him within the case alleging unlawful abduction, detention, torture and custodial demise of Balwant Singh Multani in December 1991. Detailed judgments weren’t but out there.
He now has the choice to pursue his authorized cures by transferring 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 a proclaimed offender. A Punjab Police group had final week carried out a raid at Saini’s home in Chandigarh.
Saini had filed the petition following the addition of homicide cost (Section 302, IPC) to the case. Appearing earlier than the Bench via videoconferencing, Saini’s counsel had argued that he was earlier granted bail in the identical case when it was registered for abduction (Section 364, IPC). As such, he needs to be granted anticipatory bail on addition of Section 302 because it was the identical case. He additionally pressed upon the truth that 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 Sartej Singh Narula argued that the investigation was at its preliminary stage when the accused was granted bail for offence below Section 364. At that point, hardly any proof was collected by the particular investigation group. As of now, there was adequate proof on report for indictment of Saini in Multani’s custodial demise.
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 in opposition to 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.