Abduction case: CBI seeks time to file reply on Punjab Police plea - ECAS Punjab

Abduction case: CBI seeks time to file reply on Punjab Police plea

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17

The CBI has sought time to file reply on an application filed by the Punjab Police in a kidnapping case.

On June 6, the Punjab Police had filed an application in the Special CBI Court seeking record of the preliminary inquiry conducted by the CBI in a 29-year-old kidnapping case, as they have restarted investigation and they wanted certain information from the record.

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The CBI submitted that the agency keeps record of old cases for five years and as per the policy, they had weeded out the record as the preliminary inquiry had been conducted 12 years ago and the FIR had been quashed in 2011.

In its reply, the CBI had stated that the agency had registered the FIR in 2008 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and conducted preliminary enquiry. However, the FIR was quashed by the Supreme Court on technical grounds in 2011.

The CBI submitted that the agency keeps record of old cases for five years and as per the policy, they had weeded out the record as the preliminary inquiry had been conducted 12 years ago and the FIR had been quashed in 2011.

In another application filed in the court, the Punjab Police had mentioned that the High Court had returned the status report in the case to the CBI in 2016. Allowing the application, the court directed the CBI to file reply. During the resumed hearing in the case today, the CBI has sought time to file reply. Now, the case will come up for hearing on Monday.

The Punjab Police had recently booked former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and seven other police personnel in the kidnapping case that took place in 1991. The case was registered on the complaint of Palwinder Singh Multani, son of late IAS officer Darshan Singh Multani. The complainant stated that his brother Balwant Singh Multani was unlawfully abducted, inhumanly tortured and killed in the custody by Saini and the police personnel under his command in 1991.



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