High Court grants regular bail to Jagtar Singh (Jaggi Johal) in Baghapurana Case

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—In a significant development on November 6, the Punjab & Haryana High Court granted regular bail to the Scottish Sikh youth Jagtar Singh (Jaggi) in a case registered in Baghapurana. The move came after Jaggi Johal approached the Punjab & Haryana High Court by moving a petition.

“In view of the submissions of the learned counsel for the petitioner, especially when the petitioner has been arraigned as an accused on the statement of the co-accused, nothing has been recovered from the petitioner,” remarked the High Court bench headed by Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal.

“He is in custody for over three years and not involved in any other case. The co-accused have been granted regular bail. The conclusion of the trial is likely to take some time, so I deem it a fit case to grant the concession of regular bail to the petitioner. Therefore, without expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, the instant petition is allowed. The petitioner is ordered to be released on regular bail on his furnishing requisite bonds to the satisfaction of the trial court/duty magistrate concerned,” the Court added.

In this case, registered at the Baghapurana police station in December-2016, Jaggi Johal was indicted under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC, Section 25 of the Arms Act and Sections 17, 18, 19, and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Jaggi Johal is currently languishing in the Tihar Jail of Delhi along with other Sikh youths namely Hardeep Singh Shera, Ramandeep Singh Bagga etc. who are accused of carrying out targeted killings of Hindu leaders in Punjab.


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