NEW DELHI, India—On November 17, the Supreme Court of India reserved its verdict on Ex-DGP Sumedh Saini’s plea seeking anticipatory bail in the 1991’s Balwant Singh Multani abduction and murder case. On September 15, the SC had earlier provided a shield to Sumedh Saini from arrest in this case.
A three-judge bench comprising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, R. Subash Reddy and M.R Shah reserved the verdict after listening to the arguments of senior lawyers Mukul Rohatgi, Sidhartha Luthra, and K.V Vishvanathan.
Defense lawyer Mukul Rohatgi claimed that the registration of FIR against Sumedh Saini was motivated by political vendetta as his client had lodged FIRs against the serving Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh during the SAD-BJP regime in Punjab.
However, the prosecution lawyer Sidhartha Luthra opposed Sumedh Saini’s plea for an anticipatory bail while saying that bail to Sumedh Saini can influence the ongoing investigation in Balwant Singh Multani’s murder case.
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.