The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday granted bail to Sant Samaj leader and Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC, ad hoc) member Baljit Singh Daduwal on the ground that the probe of the relevant case was over and an untraced report had been filed in 2011.
Daduwal, who is lodged in the Faridkot central jail, had moved the high court on October 1 through his counsel Gurvinder Singh Sidhu, seeking bail and claiming to be a victim of political vendetta. He was arrested on August 24 by the Punjab police in connection with an FIR registered against him in Faridkot on March 16, 2009, on the charge of attempt to murder and under various sections of the Arms Act.
Justice Anita Chaudhry observed, “The ilaqa magistrate had declined police remand as it had noticed that an untraced report was lying on the record. The inquiry had been held by the superintendent of police (SP, detective), Faridkot, and the petitioner (Daduwal) at that time had been found to be innocent and that report was endorsed by the senior superintendent of police (SSP), Faridkot. The police is (sic) still investigating the case even after five years. They have still not been able to finalise the report. Considering the above circumstances, I feel it is a fit case where bail should be allowed.”
Daduwal had submitted that he had been arrested in an old case after a period of more than five years owing to political vendetta over the formation of the HSGMC. He had alleged that the Punjab government had re-opened the case to settle a score over the peaceful takeover of Gurdwara Chhevin and Navi Patshahi at Guhla Cheeka (Kaithal) in August.