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Give 7-day notice to Saini prior to any action: HC

Give 7-day notice to Saini prior to any action: HC
Sumedh Singh Saini

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday directed the issuance of a seven-day advance notice to former state DGP Sumedh Singh Saini on his plea for handing over the investigation in any matter registered against him to the CBI or any other independent agency outside Punjab.

Taking up Saini’s plea expressing apprehension of false implication in criminal matters “on account of malice, mala fides and ulterior motives on the part of the political party in power in the state,” Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill directed the issuance of a notice in case action was contemplated against him.

Justice Gill also put the State and the CBI on notice for November 28. Opposing the plea, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda responded to Saini’s claims of an unblemished record by saying that he had a multiple murder case pending.

Nanda opposed the blanket bail, saying that the court could not pass an order granting protection to the petitioner from arrest ensuing from future FIRs. He said the petitioner had not brought to the court’s notice any FIR wherein he (Saini) was made an accused. Such an order merely on the basis of an apprehension would be in violation of the High Court’s power in the light of the law settled by the SC.

In his petition filed through counsel Jasdev Singh Mehndiratta and argued by senior advocate Vinod Ghai, Saini claimed that he was seen as the man who initiated criminal prosecution against the present CM and his coterie. Criminal cases were registered against members of the political party now in power in Punjab during his tenure as the state VB head. Referring to an FIR in a cheating and corruption case registered in March 2007, Saini submitted that the present CM and other influential persons were named as accused.

His petition

  • Sumedh Saini’s counsel claimed that the petitioner was in Chandigarh, not in Kotkapura, where force was allegedly used in 2015. 
  • No one at the headquarters was aware of the Behbal Kalan incident - in which two persons died - till an hour after the occurrence, he claimed. 

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