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Citing CBI plea, dera men term arrest illegal

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, July 22

Around 20 days after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Punjab Police arrested five Dera Sacha Sauda followers for their involvement in three sacrilege incidents, which took place in 2015, the accused approached the court of Duty Magistrate, Faridkot, today and termed their arrest in contravention of the established law.

The dera followers relied upon the CBI's final report wherein the cases were declared "untraced" and three arrested persons were pronounced innocent. They alleged that even the CBI had opposed this act of the SIT and the CBI court had sought a reply from the SIT.

The dera followers claimed that no permission was obtained by the SIT from the CBI court to conduct an inquiry. Other than arresting them, the SIT did not have the right to file a chargesheet in the presence of the final "untraced report" submitted by the CBI, they alleged.

The court has issued notice to the SIT for July 24.

Counsels for the dera followers said it was quite contradictory that on July 29, 2019, the Special DGP-cum-Director, Bureau of Investigation, on the recommendations of the SIT had written to the CBI's Director to probe overseas and cross-border communication in the sacrilege incidents after two Pakistani mobile numbers were operational in Bargari area and one the suspect had left for Portugal. Now, the SIT had started its independent probe, they said.

from The Tribune

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