The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday dismissed liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda’s anticipatory bail plea in the Abohar murder case.
The bench of justice MMS Bedi pronounced the judgment on Doda’s plea on Thursday evening, stating that the investigating agency had stated in its contention that Doda could be required for further probe into the matter. The detailed order is awaited.
Doda had been booked for criminal conspiracy for the December 11, 2015, incident in which Bhim Sain, a Dalit man, was murdered at the Akali leader’s farmhouse in Abohar. His both hands and legs were chopped off at Doda’s farmhouse and another person, Gurjant Singh, who accompanied Tank also suffered injuries in the incident. He had approached high court seeking anticipatory bail on January 15. The victim families had also moved high court challenging anticipatory bail to Doda. The families had alleged before the court that Dodahad a motive behind the killing. Senior advocate Anupam Gupta, who had appeared for the families of deceased Bhim Tank and injured Gurjant Singh, had submitted that through the killing, Doda wanted to send out a message to his former and current employees that any defiance would not be tolerated.
In his petition, Doda had questioned the credibility of complainant Ranjit Singh, brother of Gurjant Singh, besides, questioning as to why he had taken Bhim Tank to a private hospital in Amritsar and not to the medical college in Faridkot, after the incident. It was also argued that on the day of incident he was not in Abohar and was in Delhi and he had not role in the brutal killing.