The Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed the Chandigarh police's petition seeking custody of Jagtar Singh Tara, accused in murder case of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh.
Though detailed order is awaited, the single judge bench of justice Pramjeet Singh passed the order on Monday. The Chandigarh police had filed a petition seeking 14-day custody of Tara in the Burail jailbreak case.
The UT police had argued that Tara's custody was required to find out the role of jail officials who helped him and others to execute the plan to escape and to ascertain details about the persons who provided shelter during his absconding period. Earlier on February 28 too, a lower court had dismissed the Chandigarh police's petition seeking custody of Tara.
Initially a member of a militant group, Babbar Khalsa, Tara, who later founded the Khalistan Tiger Force, is accused of assassination of Beant Singh. He, along with three others, had escaped the Burail jail after digging an around 109 feet-long tunnel in January 2004. While two of them - Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjeet Singh Bheroa - were arrested, the third accused, Dev Singh alias Devi, is still at large.