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Accused denied pre-arrest bail for removing man’s turban

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Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 27

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that viewing lightly and in a casual manner the incidents of disrespect towards the signs and symbols of a religion may result in creating communal and religious tension in the society. It may affect peace and tranquillity.

The Bench was hearing a petition filed by Lakhveer Singh against the state of Punjab for pre-arrest bail in a case registered at City-1 police station in Mansa district on September 25 for 'injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class' and other offences under Sections 341, 323, 149, 109 and 295 of the IPC.

Justice HS Madaan asserted India was inhabited by people belonging to various religions, races, castes and creeds. All people lived in harmony and mostly showed respect for each other's religious feelings but at times, some mischievous persons tried to create tension by hurting the religious sentiments of others.

Justice Madaan added that the allegations against the petitioner and co-accused were "very grave and serious". The acts attributed to the petitioner was that he, along with a co-accused, had removed the complainant's turban and then kicked it away, showing disrespect towards his long hair and other signs/symbols of Sikh religion worn by him. It was required to be dealt with all seriousness and strictness.

He said the facts and circumstances of the case did not warrant the grant of discretionary equitable relief of pre-arrest bail to the petitioner. Rather, his custodial interrogation was found to be necessary for complete and effective investigation for finding out how the incident was planned and executed. It was also required to find who were the other persons involved in the planning and providing indirect help in carrying out the incident.

"In case the custodial

interrogation of the petitioner/accused is denied to the investigating agency that shall leave many gaps and loopholes, adversely affecting the probe, which is uncalled for. Thus, finding no merit in the instant petition, the same stands dismissed," Justice Madaan said.

from The Tribune

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