Why shouldn’t case be transferred out of state:HC questions govt
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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday asked the Punjab government to explain as to why the trial pertaining murder of Gurkirat Singh Sekhon alias Gikki should not be transferred out of Punjab. The court also issued notices to Commissioner of Police, Jalandhar, complainant in the case and other co-accused asking them to explain as to why the trial shall not be stayed till the pendency of a petition filed by the prime accused. The case will now come up for hearing on September 7.
The notices were issued by the court during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Ram Simran Singh Makkar, the prime accused in the case. Makkar had moved the court on August 10 seeking the transfer of trial outside Punjab.
Counsel RS Cheema, appearing on behalf of Makkar, contended that fair and independent trial can not be expected in Punjab since a very strong hate campaign has been launched against Makkar. Alleging that the complainant Rajbir Singh is playing an active role in the hate campaign, Cheema added that the accused apprehends that he may be eliminated by the complainant party.
Also, Makkar has alleged that his father was murdered by a terrorist, Satinder Singh alias Mintoo who continues to remain a proclaimed offender. He also alleged that certain political parties are instigating people against the accused. Apprehending threat to his security, and holding media responsible for holding a trial against the accused, Makkar has sought directions for the transfer of the trial.
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