Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 15
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted interim safety from arrest to former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini within the 1991 Balwant Singh Multani homicide case.
“This case is of 1991. After 30 years what is the hurry to arrest him…We will grant you time to file a reply,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned, including he wouldn’t be arrested until additional orders.
The high courtroom, nevertheless, requested Saini to cooperate with Punjab Police within the investigation.
Saini had challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s September 7 order dismissing his anticipatory bail plea within the Multani kidnapping and homicide case.
The courtroom issued discover to the Punjab authorities on Saini’s petition looking for anticipatory bail within the case, asking it to reply in three weeks. It gave one week thereafter to Saini to file his rejoinder.
The case is more likely to come up for additional listening to after 4 weeks.
Multani, a junior engineer with Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation, was allegedly picked up by the police in December 1991 after a terror assault on Saini that left three policemen killed. Saini was injured within the assault.
Saini’s troubles began in May this 12 months when he was booked at a police station in Mohali together with six others for the alleged kidnapping of Multani in 1991. The homicide cost was added in August after two of the accused policemen spilled the beans.
On behalf of Saini, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that it was a critical matter of a adorned police officer being hounded.
“This is a very serious matter, he is a decorated officer…an outstanding officer…a dedicated and hardworking officer who had suffered bullet injuries,” Rohatgi instructed the courtroom.
“I (Saini) was the then SSP, when I was targeted by terrorists,” Rohatgi mentioned, including “Multani was a PO (proclaimed offender) in a case.”
He mentioned the state authorities was after Saini as a result of he had filed two chargesheets by which Punjab CM Capt Amarinder was an accused. “This is why they are after me,” he submitted.
Narrating the sequence of occasions since 1991, Rohatgi mentioned the FIR had been registered towards Saini in a mala fide method.
On behalf of Punjab, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra sought to counter Rohatgi’s arguments, saying the excessive courtroom had famous that Saini used to intimidate others.
The excessive courtroom had additionally famous that an individual had succumbed to his accidents after he was imhumanly handled by Saini, Luthra submitted.
“Even after retirement, the accused still has the audacity and power to have some files in his control. How can this be allowed?” Luthra mentioned.
After registration of FIR, statements of approvers had been recorded and witnesses within the police station had for the primary time said that the image of Multani launched to have escaped from the jail was not Multani’s in any respect, Luthra mentioned.
Saini can be going through trial in a Special CBI Court in Delhi together with three others for alleged kidnapping of vehicle businessman Vinod Kumar, his brother-in-law Ashok Kumar and their driver Mukhtiyar Singh. While Vinod and Mukhtiyar have been picked up by the police from the car parking zone of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 15, 1994, Ashok was allegedly kidnapped from Ludhiana the identical day.
The case was registered towards Saini and others by the CBI on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 24, 1994. It was transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court in 2004 after Vinod’s mom Amar Kaur expressed apprehension that Saini being a senior IPS officer may affect witnesses.
The CBI has sought cancellation of exemption from private look given to him within the case.