Vigilance officer’s arrest stayed

In a relief for Surinder Pal Singh, senior Punjab Vigilance official, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday stayed the non-bailable warrants and summoning orders for him issued by a Kharar court. On July 12, the Court had issued summoning orders and non bailable warrants for Surinder Singh in connection with a murder case, adding him as a respondent.

Senior lawyer Bipan Ghai, counsel for Surinder Pal has also sought the quashing of the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Punjab Police in a murder case dating back to 2004. The orders were passed by the Kharar court on July 19. Senior lawyer Bipan Ghai averred that the proceedings by the Kharar Court "are without jurisdiction, a total abuse of the process of law and have been initiated in order to scuttle the already initiated proceedings" of the murder case of a former political leader.

The case was registered at the police station in Kharar on July 2, 2004. A Kharar court, on July 19, had issued non-bailable warrants against 21 persons in an eight-year-old Kharar shootout incident in which two persons had been killed.

The court had issued warrants against SAD leader Kiranbir Singh Kang, Congress leader Rajbir Singh Padiala (previously with the Akali Dal), his brother Tejbir Singh Padiala, former Ropar SSP Surinder Singh and SP (D), Majitha, Jasdev Singh Sandhu.

The incident took place on July 3, 2004, when two Akali factions clashed during an SGPC rally at Anaj Mandi in Kharar.

The court had has also issued warrants against inspector Ramandeep Singh, sub-Inspectors Bhagwant Singh Riar and Gurdip Singh, assistant sub-inspectors Harbhajan Singh and Kulbir Singh, constables Avtar Singh and Amarjit Singh, Nagar Singh, Harinder Singh, Bhag Singh, Tajinder Singh, alias Goga, Anokh Singh, Karamjit Singh, alias Karma, Sajjan Singh, Ravinder Singh, alias Kala, Manga and Surinder Singh, alias Jeevanjot.

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