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Balwant Singh Multani Murder Case: Supreme Court Reserves Orderon Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini’s Anticipatory Bail Plea

Lawstreet Journal 19 Nov 2020 9:50pm

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday (17th November 2020) reserved orders in the plea by former Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab, Sumedh Singh Saini seeking anticipatory bail in relation to the 1991 Balwant Singh Multani Murder case. 

Mukul Rohatgi, Senior Advocate appearing for Saini told the court that the case was registered against Saini because he was investigating cases against the then chief minister of the State. “there is no material except self-serving statements by accused who are similarly placed and even they were granted anticipatory bail”, said Rohatgi. 

Rohatgi further argued that the Punjab government had no jurisdiction in the instant case, as the alleged torture occurred in Chandigarh. 

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & MR Shah heard the plea and said that three decades had passed and mulled over whether this was a case where custody was required at all. The Court also raised questions as to how Section 302 of the IPC was added against the accused and under what law the State approached the magistrate to do so. 

Senior Advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for the State of Punjab, contended that anticipatory bail at this stage would hamper the probe against Saini and requested the court to allow him to place the investigation details in a sealed cover. 

Supreme Court, on 15th September, had granted interim protection from arrest to former DGP in Punjab Sumedh Saini, who is an accused in the 1991 Balwant Singh Multani kidnapping and murder case. The Court has issued a notice in… Continue Reading...

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