Pun­jab ex-DGP Saini files an­tic­i­pa­tory bail, Mo­hali court seeks po­lice records

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspond­ent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MO­HALI: For­mer Pun­jab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, 61, on Fri­day moved an ap­pli­ca­tion in a Mo­hali court, seek­ing an­tic­i­pa­tory bail in a case reg­is­tered against him on Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ance of one Bal­want Singh Mul­tani in 1991.

Re­fus­ing to hear the ar­gu­ments or stay­ing the arrest, the court sum­moned records from the Pun­jab Po­lice. In re­sponse to the court’s no­tice, Pun­jab Po­lice will file a re­ply to the ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing an­tic­i­pa­tory bail on Satur­day.

A case was reg­is­tered against Saini and 7 oth­ers un­der Sec­tions 364 (kid­nap­ping or ab­duc­tion in or­der to mur­der), 201 (caus­ing dis­ap­pear­ance of ev­i­dence), 344 (wrong­ful con­fine­ment), 330 (vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt to ex­hort con­fes­sion) and 120 (B) (crim­i­nal con­spir­acy) in Mo­hali on the com­plaint of Mul­tani’s brother Pal­winder Singh Mul­tani.

“Since the Congress came to power, they are con­tin­u­ously ha­rass­ing me. The Congress govern­ment has re­venge­ful at­ti­tude,” said the 28-page ap­pli­ca­tion in which Saini pro­jected him­self as a vic­tim of vendetta, cit­ing reg­is­tra­tion of cases against cur­rent chief min­is­ter Capt Amarinder Singh on the ba­sis of in­ves­ti­ga­tions done by the vig­i­lance bureau when he headed the agency.

Re­fer­ring to Lud­hi­ana City Cen­tre, and Am­rit­sar Im­prove­ment Trust cases, Saini said, “I per­formed my du­ties with­out fear or favour and cases in­volv­ing loss to state ex­che­quer of over ₹1,500 crore, abuse of of­fi­cial po­si­tions to give pe­cu­niary ad­van­tage to favoured per­sons and tam­per­ing of Vid­han Sabha records, amass­ing as­sets dis­pro­por­tion­ate to known in­come and rout­ing ill got­ten wealth through pri­vate com­pa­nies, shell com­pa­nies were reg­is­tered against the then and present CM Cap­tain Amarinder Singh.”

Saini said af­ter he reliquishe­d the charge as head of vig­i­lance bureau, can­cel­la­tion re­ports were pre­sented in Am­rit­sar Im­prove­ment Trust, and Lud­hi­ana City Cen­tre cases, reg­is­tered in 2007 and 2008, re­spec­tively.

When the il­le­gal de­sign of the state govern­ment and po­lice mis­er­ably failed to falsely im­pli­cate me, now they have started dig­ging the earth to bring old cases which have at­tained fi­nal­ity up­till apex court,” reads the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion says that Mul­tani was ar­rested and pre­sented be­fore a court, while re­quest­ing court to stay his arrest. A po­lice team from Mo­hali was in Delhi on Fri­day to arrest Saini.

Mul­tani, a ju­nior en­gi­neer with the Chandigarh In­dus­trial and Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion, was al­legedly picked up by the po­lice af­ter a ter­ror­ist attack on Saini in which four cops in his se­cu­rity were killed. The po­lice later claimed Mul­tani es­caped from the cus­tody of Qa­dian po­lice. Saini, was posted as the Chandigarh se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice in 1991.

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