The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajeshwar Singh Sidhu in connection with a private complaint by murder accused Karnail Singh.
In April, an Amritsar special court had summoned Sidhu after the complainant had accused some officials of demanding money and framing him in a 2014 murder case. The high court bench has directed Sidhu to appear before the trial court by December 8; and issued notice to the state government for December 17. The petitioner took the plea that he was a serving police officer and had promised to attend the next hearing.
The high court vacation bench of justice GS Sandhawalia granted him anticipatory bail stating that no useful purpose would be served by detaining him, since it was a complaint case. Sidhu and some other officials faced suspension in the this case for misbehaving with a high-court-appointed warrant officer, who was sent to Amritsar on a petition by Karnail’s wife against “illegal detention” of her husband in connection with the death of Harinder Singh Tinnu (28), son of Chandigarh police inspector Tarsem Singh Rana.