Narain Singh Chaura, alleged militant ideologue, approached the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday, challenging the Rupnagar trial court's order regarding framing of charges against him of being a member of the banned organisation, Babbar Khalsa International, and under the Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Hearing the revision petition, justice Naresh Kumar Sanghi, issued notice of motion to the Punjab government for February 25. The trial court had on October 24, 2013, ordered framing of charges after the Punjab police had presented the chargesheet in the Rupnagar court on May 24, 2013.
The petitioner, a resident of Dera Baba Nanak, informed the court through his counsel RS Bains that he was not a member of the Babbar Khalsa International as wrongly ascertained by the trial court. It was submitted that no witness had recorded that he was member of the banned group and he had neither abetted nor incited the commission of unlawful activities nor did he supply arms and explosives.
It was submitted that the petitioner was a member of Akal Federation, which was a social justice, religious and human rights organisation and not banned by the ministry of home affairs in India.
Amritsar police had arrested the petitioner on February 26 last year in relation with the FIR registered three years earlier on May 8, 2010, after seizure of explosives from a car near the Amritsar railway station.
He alleged that the police had also falsely implicated him in an FIR registered on February 27, 2013, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and also brutally beaten and tortured him in custody. He submitted that charges could not be framed against him without any corroborative material evidence.