Tribune Information Service
Chandigarh, September 8
The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail petition filed by Punjab’s former Director-Basic 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 Courtroom judgment.
Saini, in the meanwhile, 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. He now has the choice to pursue his authorized treatments by shifting the Supreme Courtroom or to give up both within the court docket 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 below Part 302 of the IPC to the case.
Showing earlier than the Bench by videoconferencing, Saini’s counsel had primarily argued that he was earlier granted bail in the identical case when it was registered for abduction below Part 364 of the IPC.
As such, he ought to be granted anticipatory bail on the addition of Part 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 Courtroom.
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 below Part 364. At the moment, hardly any proof was collected by the particular investigation crew. As of now, there was ample proof on document 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 occurring in opposition to Saini in Delhi. Even after his retirement, the CBI’s investigating officer had turned hostile. It was added Saini was additionally answerable for intimidating a sitting Excessive Courtroom choose.