Jagtar Singh Tara, an assassin of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, was on Tuesday taken on police remand by the Jalandhar rural police for five days in a 2009 case.
High drama prevailed when Tara was produced in the court twice in around half-an-hour after his counsel protested that the police stopped him from meeting Tara.
He was produced in the court of judicial magistrate Prabhjot Kaur around 11am for seeking his remand in a case dated September 28, 2009, in which five persons were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act). In all, six persons were booked in the case, including Tara. All except Tara were acquitted more than three years ago, Tara’s counsel KS Hundal said after the court remanded him in police custody.
After Tara was produced in the court for the first time, the police allegedly did not allow Hundal to meet him. The latter has been engaged by the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) as Tara’s counsel. Hundal also had an argument with Adampur deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Viveksheel Soni as the latter cited security reasons for whisking away Tara.
Hundal argued before the court that the police acted illegally by not allowing him to meet Tara even in the court, adding that the police could not interfere in the working of the court. After the arguments, the court ordered the police to produce Tara again.
After hearing the public prosecutor and Tara’s counsel, the court remanded him in police custody for five days.
Meanwhile, activists of the SAD (Amritsar) raised slogans in support of Tara outside the court complex.
Earlier, on Monday, a court in Rupnagar had remanded Tara in judicial custody till February 9 in a in an attempt-to-murder case registered in 1991, in which he was a proclaimed offender (PO) . The police had brought Tara here on Sunday on transit remand from Patiala. He was produced before duty magistrate Anoop Singh. The police sought his seven-day police custody, but the court declined the plea and remanded him in judicial custody till February 9.
Subsequently, the Jalandhar rural police obtained his transit remand from the Rupnagar court in a case registered at Bhogpur and took him away; it later got his custody there.
Tara, a resident of Dekwala village near Rupnagar, is an accused in a case registered at Rupnagar city police station on March 26, 1991, under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act for allegedly firing at a police party led by station house officer Lakha Singh at Railon Khurd road here.