SC grants safety from arrest to former Punjab DGP SS Saini in Multani homicide case


Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted safety from arrest to former Punjab DGP SS Saini within the 1991 Multani homicide case.

A 3-judge Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan, nevertheless, requested Saini to cooperate with the police within the investigation of the case.

The prime courtroom issued discover to the Punjab authorities on Saini’s petition in search of anticipatory bail within the case.

Earlier, the courtroom started listening to on Saini’s petition difficult the September 7 order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court refusing to grant him anticipatory bail within the Multani case.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi began arguments on behalf of Saini earlier than a three-judge Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan.

“This is a very serious matter, he is decorated officer…an outstanding officer…a dedicated and hardworking officer who had suffered bullet injuries,” Rohatgi advised the highest courtroom.

 “I (Saini) was the then SSP, when I was targeted by terrorists,” Rohatgi submitted.

 He mentioned, “Multani was a PO (proclaimed offender) in a case.”

Rohatgi argued that the FIR was registered in a mala fide method towards Saini who’s now retired.

Rohatgi mentioned after Multani escaped from jail, his father filed a habeas corpus petition which was rejected because the state mentioned he escaped. He was declared a proclaimed offender.

He mentioned the High Court had entertained an interim software by Multani’s father to seek out what occurred to his son. The choose began the matter in an already disposed of matter.

On the state’s attraction, the highest courtroom quashed it, saying the choose had no recent materials to order a CBI probe.

However, the highest courtroom mentioned the daddy may nonetheless file a grievance to any acceptable authority.

The Punjab authorities submitted that terrorists had made an try and kill the then SSP; Saini was the then SSP, Rohatgi identified.

“How can the plea on a identical material be entertained after its disposal? Especially after a 10-year delay,” he questioned.

“It has been 29 years since Multani escaped. His son has now filed an FIR regarding his father’s disappearance. This FIR was registered on day one in a mala fide fashion,” he mentioned.

Rohatgi mentioned Saini was granted anticipatory bail by the district courtroom. Two co-accused obtained bail and turned approvers. Such an anticipatory bail ought to run until the tip in view of a latest Supreme Court verdict, he added.

He mentioned the state authorities was after Saini as he had filed two chargesheets by which Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh was an accused. “This is why they are after me,” he submitted.



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