Chandigarh, May 7
In a reprieve granted to Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Saturday night ordered that no coercive action be taken against him after seeking a stay of arrest warrant issued by a Mohali court earlier today.
Delhi cops to provide security for BJP leader
Amid fears for his safety by BJP leader Tajinder Bagga, Delhi police said on Saturday they would take necessary security measures for him. “Bagga expressed fear for his safety. We will make the necessary arrangements,” an official said.
Preserving CCTV Camera Images: Punjab to HC
Amid claims and counter-claims over informing Delhi Police of Bagga’s arrest, Punjab State on Saturday moved Punjab and Haryana HC to seek preservation of CCTV footage of police stations. Delhi and Kurukshetra District Police.
Resuming the case at a special hearing just before midnight, Judge Anoop Chitkara clarified that the order would remain in effect at least until May 10 – the date set by the HC to hear Bagga’s motion to have the FIR set aside. against him.
In his application filed through lawyers Gautam Dutt and Anil Mehta late Saturday night, Bagga requested a stay of the arrest warrant on 12 counts. He argued that the registration of the FIR was aimed at revenge through politically motivated criminal investigations by using the state apparatus for political purposes.
Claiming that the only allegation against him was that he had made a statement during political debates on the electronic media (April 30), he said that a reading of the FIR would reveal that no case had been established regarding relates to “the sections invoked in the FIR”.
“The alleged incident/statement took place in Delhi. But the Complainant, in complete disregard of the principle of law, registered the FIR in Mohali where the Aam Aadmi Party, to which the Complainant belongs, has just come to power” Bagga’s plea reads.
Lead attorney RS Rai argued on Bagga’s behalf that he was wrongfully implicated in the FIR at the request of AAP members to settle a score. No recovery was to be made from the applicant and his interrogation in custody was not necessary.
The warrant against Bagga was issued on the basis of a request by the local Punjab Police Cyber Cell for alleged provocative statements and criminal intimidation. Magistrate Ravtesh Inderjit Singh in an order to Mohali Police said: “While Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga is charged with an offense punishable under Sections 153-A, 505, 505(2) and 506 of the CPI, you are hereby ordered to arrest him and produce him before me. The next court date on the issue is May 23. Mohali DSP Sukhraj Singh said the arrest warrant was issued after the police presented in court all the facts regarding yesterday’s incidents in Delhi. Punjab police claimed that despite being summoned five times, the BJP leader had not joined the investigation.
After arresting the Delhi BJP leader, the Punjab Police Convoy was stopped by Haryana Police in Kurukshetra following an ‘alert’ issued by their Delhi counterparts that they were ‘not informed of the arrest. Bagga was later handed over to the Delhi Police as his father had also filed an FIR alleging his son had been “kidnapped”.
Bagga was quite vocal in his criticism of Arvind Kejriwal. He was convicted for allegedly making provocative statements, encouraging enmity and criminal intimidation on the complaint of a Mohali AAP leader, Sunny Ahluwalia.
The controversy centers on a statement Kejriwal made to the Delhi Assembly on the Bollywood film ‘Kashmir Files’ tax exemption. The CM had suggested that instead of demanding that “Kashmir Files” be tax exempt, BJP leaders should ask filmmakers to upload it to YouTube for all to watch for free. On March 30, Bagga was allegedly part of a BJYM protest and “vandalism” outside the Delhi CM residence.
Delhi police said Bagga’s medical examination revealed wound marks on his body. He returned home in the early hours of Saturday after being brought before a magistrate at Dwarka Court.
The National Commission for Minorities, meanwhile, has requested a report from the Punjab government on Pritpal Singh’s allegations that the state police did not let his son tie his turban when he was arrested. The commission requested the report in seven days.