On a petition filed by Punjab Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira seeking quashing of a first information report (FIR) registered against him and five other Congressmen by the Bholath police in Kapurthala district during the 2012 assembly elections, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued notices of motion to the state government, Bholath MLA (member of legislative assembly) Bibi Jagir Kaur and complainant Gurmeet Singh Thapar.
The court also stayed the proceedings of the case in the trial court. Khaira had also made Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal as respondents in the petition.
Khaira, in his petition, had mentioned that he and five of his partymen were falsely implicated “due to ulterior political motives of the present SAD-BJP government to wreak political vengeance on them.” The high court had on April 28 granted anticipatory bail to Khaira in the case.
The FIR was registered against former Bholath legislator Sukhpal Singh Khaira on January 27, 2012, under various sections of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Act, rioting armed with deadly weapons, unlawful assembly, trespass, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation.
Later, the charge of trespass was deleted from the FIR. The petitioner claimed that the offences under the SC/ ST (prevention of atrocities) Act were added later so as to make the offence non-bailable.
However, no such offence was committed by the petitioner, it was stated. He also submitted that after the completion of the investigation in a related cross-case, the police had already submitted the challan in the trial court. The case would now come up for hearing on July 30.