CHANDIGARH, Punjab—A month after granting protection from arrest to the killer cop Sumedh Saini in the 1991’s Balwant Singh Multani murder case, the Supreme Court of India has finally started rounding up the Punjab government for reopening a three-decades-old case while beginning hearing on his anticipatory bail plea.
Seeking Punjab government’s reply to a petition filed by Sumedh Saini challenging Punjab & Haryana High Court’s decision of rejecting his plea demanding quashing of FIR, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan has today questioned the Punjab government that what is the hurry to arrest Sumedh Saini in a case dating back to 1991.
It is pertinent to note here that Sumedh Saini has told the Supreme Court via his legal counsel Mukul Rohtagi that he was being targeted specifically by the Punjab government as he had registered two FIRs against the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has given three weeks to file a reply while Saini has been asked to file his rejoinder within a week.
The next hearing on Sumedh Saini’s anticipatory bail plea has been deferred for dour weeks.
In 1991, the Chandigarh police had abducted Balwant Singh Multani from his Mohali based residence immediately after an attack on Sumedh Saini in Chandigarh. Four cops deployed in the security of Saini were killed in this attack, while he survived the attack.
After abducting Balwant Singh Multani, the cops had committed inhuman torture on him at the behest of Sumedh Saini.
“During the night of December 13, 1991, the cops of Sector-17 police station produced Balwant Singh Multani before Sumedh Saini. He was tortured so cruelly that he was left unable to stand. When he fell down, Sumedh Saini kicked him so cruelly that his eye came out. Next morning, he was lying unconscious in a pool of blood. Saini came and ordered the cops to put him inside a vehicle and they took him along with them,” an eyewitness Gursharan Kaur Mann had revealed in May this year.
In 2007, the Punjab & Haryana High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into this case. The CBI had found enough evidence against Sumedh Saini after which an FIR was registered against him, along with three other cops namely SP (Operations) Baldev Singh Saini, SI Harsahai Sharma, and Jagir Singh on July 4, 2008.
Later, this FIR was quashed by the Supreme Court of India after Saini challenged CBI inquiry and the High Court’s decision.
On May 6, the Mohali police had registered a fresh FIR on the complaint of victim Balwant Singh Multani’s brother Palwinder Singh Multani against Sumedh Saini, SP (Operations) Baldev Singh Saini, SI Harsahai Sharma, SI Jagir Singh, SI Savir Singh, SI Anoop Singh, Kuldeep Singh and other unknown police cops.
Later, two cops spilled the beans while turning approvers in this case after which murder charges added to this FIR.
On September 15, SC had granted protection from arrest to Sumedh Saini after he sought an anticipatory bail plea.