February 7, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh (February 7, 2011): The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted bail to Bhai Daljeet Singh, Chairman of SAD (Panch Pardhani). The decision has come from Justice Ajay Tiwarei’s bench, as the court considered that the prosecution was unduly harassing the appellants. Besides Bhai Daljeet Singh, Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, Bhai Palwinder Singh Shutrana and Gurdeep Singh Raju were also granted bails today, in the same case by Justice Ajay Tiwari.
It is notable that this case was registered by Punjab police against above mentioned leaders and workers of SAD (Panch Pardhani) in August 2009. The police had alleged that Panch Pardhani, led by Bhai Daljeet Singh Bittu, was indulged in “unlawful activities” and was working to revive militancy in Punjab.
“Bhai Daljeet Singh was the first person, in Punjab, to be falsely charged under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967; as amended on December 31, 2008” informed Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema, Secretary General of Panch Pardhani. He informed that Punjab Government, through prosecution, was indulged in delay tactics while dealing with bail application in this case just to keep Bhai Daljeet Singh behind the bars.
“Ironically the prosecution was opposing the bail application by alleging that Bhai Daljeet Singh was a “dangerous person”, but had nothing to prove this allegation.” Cheema added.
Bail was applied in this case in March 2010 and was pending before Justice R. C. Gupta till December 2010, when the benches were scheduled to be reconstituted. In January 2011 the application was scheduled to be heard by Justice Rajan Gupta, who eventually refused to listen it. Then the file came before Justice Ajay Tiwari for hearing on 2 February, 2011; who heard the case on daily basis.
Justice Ajay Tiwari is said to have passed strong comments disapproving prosecution’s efforts to cause undue delay in deciding the bail application.
“The charges framed by the prosecution warrants maximum 5 years term. Applicants have already spent eighteen months behind the bars. None of the 53 prosecution witnesses have deposed before the trial court till date. In this situation, what is the justification with the prosecution to oppose the bail?” Justice Ajay Tiwari, is said to have asked the prosecution.
“There was no reasonable answer with the prosecution in response to prime question raised by the court” informed Harpal Singh Cheema, who was present in the court at the time of hearing.
It is expected that Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, Bhai Palwinder Singh and Gurdeep Singh Raju shall be released from Nabha jail in coming days in accordance with today’s HC orders. Bhai Daljeet Singh Bittu is also framed in two other cases, at Mansa and Ropar, by the police therefore he could not be released in coming days until the bail is also secured in those cases also.
SSF President Parmjeet Singh Gazi and vice-President Makhan Singh, Dal Khalsa leaders Harcharan Jeet Singh Dhammi and Kanwarpal Singh Bittu; and various leaders of Panch Pardhani, including Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema, Bhai Daya Singh Kakkar, Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind, Baldev Singh Sirsa, Surinder Singh Kishanpura
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