The special CBI court on Saturday dismissed the bail plea of former Dera Sacha Sauda manager Krishan Lal in the journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati murder case.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is also an accused in the case and is presently out on bail.
Chattrapati was shot at on October 24, 2002, for allegedly writing about the illegal activities going inside the dera. Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep Singh are also accused in the case along with Ram Rahim and Krishan Lal.
Both Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep Singh used to work as carpenters at the dera.
Lal, who had got bail in the Ranjit Singh murder case, submitted before the CBI court that he was granted bail in the Chhatrapati case on October 12, 2004, by the high court but he did not furnish bail bond at that time. He added that his bail bond should be accepted now.
Opposing the bail request, CBI counsel HPS Verma submitted before the court that when he had made the bail application before the high court in 2004 he "intentionally, deliberately and wilfully" not arrayed the CBI as party despite the fact that he knew that the high court had already entrusted the investigation of the case to the agency and a regular case had already been registered.
Verma said Lal approached the court of additional sessions judge in Sirsa on February 15, 2006, where the matter was pending initially, and told that surety bonds furnished on October 16, 2004 be cancelled. The judge cancelled the bail bonds.
"Now the accused cannot seek permission of the court to furnish fresh personal bonds and surety bonds because he is not entitled to make any such request after he had already made a statement for not remaining on bail in this case," submitted Verma.
The special CBI court accepted the contentions of the counsel.