Bhim Tank murder: SC rejects liquor baron Doda’s bail plea
Apart from Doda, 25 others are charged with the killing of Tank, a 27-year-old Dalit man at Abohar in Fazilka district in December 2015.punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2017 21:26 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, accused in the Bhim Sain Tank murder case.
Apart from Doda, 25 others are charged with the killing of Tank, a 27-year-old Dalit man at Abohar in Fazilka district in December 2015.
After a 15-minute hearing, the bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan rejected the bail plea.
In the past hearings, Doda’s counsels Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Mukal Rohtagi had pleaded before the court to consider his poor health and grant him bail.
State counsel Harin Rawal had argued that several cases registered against Doda in between 1987 and 2017 were still lying pending.
Rawat also submitted before the court the list of 84 witnesses in the murder case. He said several witnesses, including Doda’s employees, have to record their statements before the court of additional district and sessions judge, Fazilka, where the trial is going on. He argued approval to the bail plea might affect the trial.
“The weapons used in the crime were also recovered from a liqour shop of a family member of Doda,” the state counsel said. The murder had taken place at Doda’s farmhouse.
The counsel of Bhim Tank’s family, too, opposed Doda’s bail plea.
After Doda was caught holding an illegal meeting inside the Fazilka sub-jail, he was transferred to the Amritsar jail. Doda, who owed allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal, had fought the 2012 elections as an Independent and secured 45,825 votes, losing to Sunil Jakhar of the Congress by 9,788 votes. In the 2017 polls, he had again filed nomination as an Independent from Abohar, but later withdrew it in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party nominee Arun Narang.
In the third week of May, Ferozepur divisional excise and taxation commissioner (DETC) Jaswinder Singh met Doda in the Amritsar central jail, which started a fresh row.