Hearing on transfer plea in former DGP case on June 23 - ECAS Punjab

Hearing on transfer plea in former DGP case on June 23

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Mohali, June 15

The decision on a transfer application filed by Palwinder Singh Multani in the case involving his brother Balwant Singh Multani, a CITCO employee, who went missing 29 years ago, was deferred today.

Palwinder had filed the application for transfer of the case from the court of Additional District Judge Monika Goyal.

District and Sessions Judge Rajinder Singh Rai issued a notice to former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and the next hearing would be on June 23. The sessions court has also restricted the ADJ's court from pronouncing the final order till the decision on the transfer application.

Palwinder's counsel Pardeep Singh Virk, said, "The order of granting anticipatory bail to ex-DGP under Section 302 of the IPC which is yet to be added to the FIR was arbitrary. We have contested the order and sought the transfer of the case from the ADJ's court."

Special Public Prosecutor Sartej Singh Narula along with District Attorney Sanjiv Batra, Palwinder along with his counsel Pardeep Virk appeared in the court. SIT head Superintendent of Police Harmandeep Singh Hans and ex-DGP's counsel HS Dhanoa also appeared before the court.

Palwinder had sought transfer of the case from ADJ Monika Goyal's court alleging that he feared unfair proceedings in the case. The arguments on the statement of whistleblower and former cop Gurmeet Singh Pinki, who had recorded his statement under Section 164 of the CrPC, would also come up for hearing.

Earlier, he had also appeared before the SIT and recorded his statement alleging that Balwant Multani had died due to torture while in Saini's custody .

An FIR was registered afresh against former DGP Saini at Mataur police station accusing him of abduction of Balwant Singh Multani following the complaint of his brother Palwinder Singh Multani under sections 364, 201, 330, 344, 219 and 120-B of IPC on May 6, at police station Mataur after which DGP moved court seeking anticipatory bail. — TNS

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