The Punjab and Haryana high court has summoned Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police (SSP) to explain the false statement by a cop that had led it to deny pre-arrest bail to a Tarn Taran man.
Observing that it was a question of the life and liberty of a citizen, the bench of justice TS Dhindsa also asked the SSP to produce record of the police officials on court duty. Tarn Taran man Tarun Arora was booked in a drug and arms case in 2014. In 2015, he moved the high court for pre-arrest bail.
In December 2015, the court asked police to not to arrest him and told him to secure interim bail from a trial court. However, during resumed hearing in January 2016, assistant subinspector (ASI) Gurjeet Singh submitted that Arora had not appeared before court. So, his plea was dismissed. He filed again for bail and submitted that false statement had denied him. For evidence, he produced the trial court order of the said date.
When police were asked to respond, deputy superintendent of police Harpal Singh claimed that since ASI Jagbans Singh, not Gurjeet Singh, had attended court in January, the latter was unaware of the details and so had made a wrong statement.
The court observed that first the state denied what was recorded in the order and now it wanted the court to believe the other-cop story. To top it all, when the matter was taken up on August 30, the officer deputed was unaware of the case status. The matter has been posted for September 29.