Why robbery accused not held despite bail pleas being junked: Punjab and Haryana High Court - ECAS Punjab

Why robbery accused not held despite bail pleas being junked: Punjab and Haryana High Court

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed surprise that a person seeking pre-arrest bail in a house trespass and robbery case did not surrender before the court for more than three years despite the dismissal of two earlier pleas.

Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan of the High Court also asked Moga SSP to explain the non-arrest of the person by filing a status report. For the purpose, Justice Sangwan set a month's deadline.

The petitioner, Swaranjit Singh, had moved the High Court against the state government and other respondents by filing a third petition for anticipatory bail in an FIR registered on December 19, 2016, under Sections 458 and 392 of the IPC at Baghapurana police station in Moga.

Justice Sangwan took note of the fact that the first petition was dismissed as withdrawn on July 21, 2017. The second petition was dismissed on September 13, 2018.

Justice Sangwan added that the counsel for the petitioner could not come out with any new ground for entertaining the present-third petition. The Bench added that the FIR in question pertained to 2016. As per the objection raised by the state counsel, the investigation could not be completed as the petitioner had not been arrested so far in the matter.

Justice Sangwan said: "Surprisingly, the petitioner is filing repeated petitions seeking anticipatory bail and has not surrendered before the court despite the dismissal of the earlier two petitions for more than three years....The Moga SSP is directed to send a status report as to why the petitioner has not been arrested for such a long time after dismissal of his bail applications."

from The Tribune https://ift.tt/2DEWZCD

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