The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday granted bail to Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal in a sedition case related to the radicals’ Sarbat Khalsa (Sikh congregation) of November 10 last year.
The petitioner’s counsel, Gurvinder Singh Sidhu, said the single judge bench of justice MMS Bedi had on Wednesday allowed the petition for regular bail. The detailed order is awaited. Daduwal was appointed Takht Damdama Sahib head priest during the radical congregation at Chhaba village in Amritsar. He is in Hoshiarpur jail since November 13 since being arrested in this matter.
His petition stated that the government had framed him, and the sedition law didn’t apply, as he had not indulged in any illegal activity. It was also argued that the event was telecast live and its video still available on YouTube website could be checked to know if he had made any provocative speech. It alleged mala-fide intention on part of the government in booking and arresting him.