| Amritsar |
October 31, 2020 11:10:55 am
IN A uncommon case, Sessions Judge Amritsar B S Sandhu on Thursday granted bail to 3 accused booked beneath the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act after police failed to supply challan towards them inside 90 days.
Accused Gurmit Singh and Vikram Singh had been booked beneath sections 120-B/121/121-A IPC, 25/54/59 Arms Act and 13/17/18/18-B/20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, on June 19 this yr. The third accused within the case, Sukhjinder Singh, was nominated within the FIR at a later stage.
All accused have been requested to pay Rs 1 lakh bail bond for his or her launch.
The court docket cited the ‘Bikramjit Singh vs State of Punjab’ case whereas giving bail to all three accused. Booked beneath UAPA and different acts, Bikramjit Singh is accused within the 2018 Nirankari Bhawan blast at Amritsar and had secured bail from the Supreme Court earlier this month.
“It is conceded that greater than 90 days has elapsed since custody of the applicant/accused and police haven’t submitted the challan and utility of the prosecution, and report of public prosecutor for the state for extension of time past 90 days has already been dismissed right now by this court docket. Therefore, the bail utility is allowed and accused are ordered to be launched on bail on furnishing private bonds of Rs 1,00,000 with one surety within the like quantity, to the satisfaction of this court docket.accused shall not give any menace or inducement to any prosecution witness and accused shall not go away India with out prior permission of the court docket,” learn the order.
Common apply by police: Activist
Sarabjit Singh Verka, Punjab Human Rights Organisation activist, mentioned, “It is a typical modus operandi utilized by police to not file challan in UAPA case inside 90 days to delay case proceedings and preserve accused behind bars for very long time. Often courts additionally keep away from giving bail to accused booked beneath UAPA. There has been no such rule to not grant bail beneath UAPA but it surely has change into a type of conference to not grant bail to accused until both accused is discharged from UAPA or judgment in case is pronounced. We hope that Amritsar court docket order can even assist different UAPA accused denied bail in jail attributable to delay in challan.”
Opposed bail and submitted challan right now: DSP
Punjab Police had claimed to have busted one other terror module with the arrest of two alleged Khalistani operatives “who had been making ready to hold out a sequence of terror assaults and focused killings on the behest of their Pakistani mentors and handlers”.
Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta had mentioned that Gurmeet Singh and Vikram Singh had been arrested and based mostly on info supplied by them, police recovered German-made MP5 sub-machine gun, a 9-mm pistol with 4 magazines buried in a filed close to Jandiala.
The DGP had mentioned, “44-year-old Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Ganda Singh Colony, Sultanwind Road, Amritsar, revealed throughout questioning that the pictures and voice messages had been shared with them by their Pakistan-based handlers to find and decide up refined weapons saved at that location by their associates.”
Gupta had claimed that their Pakistan-based handlers had been instructing them to hold out terror assaults in Punjab, particularly concentrating on individuals, to additional the reason for Khalistan.
“We had opposed the bail utility of the Gurmeet Singh and likewise submitted challan towards him right now. But court docket granted bail,” mentioned DSP Sukhwinderpal Singh.
Asked if police had investigated who had buried weapons on the location from the place these had been recovered, DSP mentioned, “It is but to be investigated. We will file supplementary challan after investigating this half.”
“It could be very fascinating that police has but not investigated who buried the weapons there close to Jandiala. If weapons had come from Pakistan then how did they journey greater than 50 km to succeed in Jandiala? How did these weapons cross the iron fence on the India-Pak border? Police isn’t considering discovering the supply of the weapons,” mentioned Verka.
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