Sikh hardliner Surat Singh Khalsa’s son stated in the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday that Punjab authorities had picked up his father again and moved him to a hospital in Ludhiana.
During the resumed hearing of his plea, Khalsa’s son, Ravinder Singh, claimed that police had picked up Khalsa from home and hospitalised against his wishes and family’s consent. Defending the government move, the state counsel submitted that Khalsa had been picked up in larger public interest and keeping his health in view.
The high court bench posted the matter for further hearing on December 11. On October 5, Ravinder Singh, had filed a petition for the release of the hardliner from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, when Punjab Police had admitted him. However, before high court could issue any direction, Khalsa was discharged from the PGIMER on October 10.
The petition is still on, as the family has alleged that it is being harassed. “Police pick up Surat Singh Khalsa every now and then; and then we have to moved the high court,” said the activist’s son.