CHANDIGARH, Punjab— Fearing arrest in Behbal Kalan firing incident, the former Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini and IG Paramraj Umranangal have moved an anticipatory bail plea in the court of session judge Sumeet Malhotra. In their anticipatory bail pleas, the notorious duo cops have expressed apprehension about their arrest.
Appearing on behalf of Saini and Umranangal, Advocate Ramanpreet Singh Sandhu sought a stay on the arrest of his clients Sumedh Saini and Paramraj Umranangal till final judgment in this case.
After receiving anticipatory bail pleas of Sumedh Saini and Paramraj Umranangal, the court has issued notices to the Punjab government and Special Investigation Team seeking a reply by February 8. The Court is likely to give a decision on these bail pleas during the next hearing.
It is pertinent to note here that Sumedh Saini had even challenged the Special Investigation Team’s charge sheet in Punjab & Haryana High Court. Still, he couldn’t get any relaxation, due to which he has moved an anticipatory bail plea in the trial court.
In September last year, the SIT had indicted these notorious duo cops in the Behbal Kalan tragedy case.
On January 15 this year, the Special Investigation Team had filed a supplementary charge sheet against Ex-DGP Sumedh Saini and former IG Paramraj Umranangal in the Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (Faridkot).
Based on 22 phone calls between Sumedh Saini and Paramraj Umranangal on October 14, 2015, the SIT had said in the charge sheet that the duo cops were a part of the conspiracy to open unprovoked firing on peacefully protesting Sikhs. “Umranangal was in constant touch with Saini, and after getting directions from him, he instructed SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma and others to use force on the protesters,” said the charge sheet.
Two peacefully protesting Sikhs, namely Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjit Singh Nikke Sarawan had lost lives in the unprovoked firing opened by Punjab police cops at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015, while several others were left injured. These were peacefully protesting Sikhs seeking justice in the case of missing holy saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.