Dis­ap­pear­ance case: EX-DGP Saini files pre-ar­rest bail plea

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htpunjab - Hil­lary Vic­tor

MO­HALI:FOR­MER Pun­jab di­rec­tor gen­eral of Po­lice (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini on Mon­day filed an ap­pli­ca­tion in a Mo­hali court seek­ing an­tic­i­pa­tory bail to avoid ar­rest in the case in­volv­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of Bal­want Singh Saini, a Chandigarh In­dus­trial and Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion (CITCO) em­ployee.

The al­leged dis­ap­pear­ance dates back to 1991 when Saini was the Chandigarh se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP).

The move came three days af­ter the spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) prob­ing the case added Sec­tion 302 (mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) to the first in­for­ma­tion re­port.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was filed in the court of district and ses­sions judge Ra­jin­der Singh Rai who fur­ther marked it ad­di­tional district and ses­sions judge Ra­jneesh Garg. The hear­ing is on Tues­day.

The po­lice sought can­cel­la­tion of the bail ap­pli­ca­tion say­ing they have two ap­provers who were eye­wit­nesses to the in­hu­mane tor­ture meted out to Mul­tani on Saini’s or­ders when he was in po­lice cus­tody.

Saini’s coun­sels APS Deol and HS Dhanoa said there was suf­fi­cient ground for an­tic­i­pa­tory bail as they have al­ready been given re­lief by the Supreme Court af­ter quash­ing an ear­lier FIR. Also, their client was granted bail un­der Sec­tion 364 of the IPC and the FIR was reg­is­tered at the Mataur po­lice sta­tion whereas the al­leged crime took place in Chandigarh, they con­tested. The coun­sels ar­gued the cops were made ap­provers us­ing pres­sure tac­tics by first reg­is­ter­ing a case against them.

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