Babbar Khalsa terrorist Tara to be produced in court today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2015 11:11 IST

Babbar Khalsa terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara, who is an accused in the infamous Burail jailbreak case, will be produced before the court on Wednesday.

The jail authorities failed to produce him in court on Tuesday citing UT administration’s notification under 268 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) Act, which prohibits the transportation of the terrorist, who is also the main accused in the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh.

It has been learnt that Tara will be produced amidst tight security, and all arrangements have been put in place.

Hearing of the appeal — awaiting suspension of the notification that can be done by the UT administrator — challenging dismissal of UT police’s application seeking custodial interrogation was adjourned.

Through the notification, the UT has prohibited transportation of Tara from the Burail jail till the completion of his trial.

In its appeal, the UT police pressed for Tara’s custodial interrogation saying the FIR against Tara still stands under the section of sedition and waging war against the state.

He had been a member of militant group Babbar Khalsa and later founded the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).

Judicial magistrate Harpreet Kaur on February 17, dismissing application of the UT police seeking 14-day police remand, had granted bail to Tara and sent him to judicial custody after he failed to furnish bail bonds.

Aggrieved over the decision of the court declining them the custodial interrogation of Tara, arrested after nearly 11 years, police had challenged the order.

Police had submitted that “the FIR against Tara still stands under various sections of sedition as well as waging of war against state”and had moved court.

Jagtar Singh Tara had escaped after digging around 109 feet-long tunnel inside the jail in January, 2004, along with three others.

Two of them — Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjeet Singh Bheroa — have been arrested, while the third accused, Dev Singh alias Devi, is still at large.

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