A day after Namdhari sect chief Thakur Udai Singh was attacked in the UK, the court of the judicial magistrate here on Monday issued bailable warrants against him in a case of alleged trespass and assault.
The warrants were issued following Thakur Udai Singh's repeated absence from hearings in the case in which he has been accused of trespass and assault by Satwinder Pal Singh, who was reportedly gifted 9,000 square-yard land in Katani Kalan village on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway by Udai Singh's predecessor Satguru Jagjit Singh in 2002.
The court had summoned Thakur Udai Singh thrice, but he did not appear before the court and applied for revision in the court of the sessions judge in April. However, the latter did not give any stay in the case. Thereafter, the case was shifted to the court of another judicial magistrate in July, but Udai Singh did not appear. The judicial magistrate had summoned him on August 12, but he again failed to comply with the order.
When contacted, Satwinder's counsel Davinder Kumar Sharma said, "The judge has issued bailable warrants against Udai Singh, Amar Singh, Kesar Singh Laadi, Gurbachan Singh Harnia and Baldev Singh Kaaku (Udai Singh's brother-in-law). The next date of hearing is August 27."
Satwinder had alleged that Thakur Udai Singh, the latter's guard Amar Singh and associate Kesar Singh, Gurbachan Singh, Jagir Singh, Gurnam Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Baldev Singh threatened him, trespassed on his property, connived against him and caused him hurt. However, the police had failed to take notice of his complaints and had sided with the accused, due to which Satwinder had filed a writ petition in 2012.
In 2002, Satguru Jagjit Singh transferred 9,000 sq yards to Satwinder, who constructed a showroom of toys and milk products. Satwinder alleged that Udai Singh and his men started intimidating him to vacate the land soon after Satguru Jagjit Singh fell ill in 2008. Satwinder filed a civil suit for permanent injunction against Udai Singh in 2010.
In 2011, Satwinder switched over to the marble business. Satwinder claimed that on September 26, 2011, he and his wife were allegedly assaulted by Udai Singh's men, following which he lodged a police complaint, but to no avail. Finally, Satwinder approached the court of the judicial magistrate on March 9, 2012. The court order stated that prima facie, a case of criminal conspiracy and assault, among other charges, was made out.
When asked about the bailable warrants, sect spokesperson Surinder Singh Namdhari said, "This is a well-planned conspiracy against Thakur Udai Singh. I do not know about the warrants but will immediately look into the matter."