Sacrilege: Pre-arrest bail plea of dera followers dismissed - ECAS Punjab

Sacrilege: Pre-arrest bail plea of dera followers dismissed

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Faridkot, July 31

The Court of Additional Sessions Judge, Faridkot, on Friday dismissed the anticipatory bail applications of Shakti Singh and Sukhjinder Singh, Sacha Sauda Dera followers and accused in the June 2015 sacrilege case.

No respite

  • The dera followers approached the court for the pre-arrest bail after an SIT of the Punjab Police on July 3 added Sections 201, 414, 451 and 120-B of the IPC in an already registered case against them
  • After the addition of the new offences by the SIT and latter also presenting a chargesheet in the case, the accused

are wanted for questioning

The dera followers approached the court for the pre-arrest bail after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Punjab Police, on July 3, added Sections 201, 414, 451 and 120-B of the IPC (causing disappearance of evidence under a conspiracy, assisting in concealment of stolen property, house trespass) in an already registered case against them under Section 380, 295-A (theft and outraging religious feelings) after the theft of a "bir" of Guru Granth Sahib from a gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on June 1, 2015.

Earlier, both these accused, along with Mohinder Pal Bittu, were arrested by the CBI in this case on July 7, 2018, and were granted bail by the CBI Court, Mohali, on September 6, 2018. However, after the addition of the new offences by the SIT and latter also presenting a chargesheet in the case, the accused are wanted for questioning.

In their bail petition, the dera followers claimed that they had not committed any offence and were falsely implicated in this case. They argued that the CBI had already submitted a final report under Section 173 of the CrPC in this case on July 4, 2019, and the CBI had found them to be innocent.

However, the Additional Sessions Judge, Faridkot, dismissed their application for pre-arrest bail.



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