New Delhi Aug 26(ILNS): The Supreme Court, today, granted pre-arrest bail to the ADG-rank Police officer who was charged with Sedition and Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.
The Supreme Court bench comprising of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant observed that police officer in order to be in the “good books” of Governments, misuse power over their political opponents, and then, when the same opponents come to power, they target these officers.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the State of Chhattisgarh and submitted that “Gurjinder Pal Singh was the top officer of the state and now he is hiding”
Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman appeared for Ex-Cop and submitted that he was never called by the police for the investigation and the charge sheet was not served to him.
Nariman also added that now that the investigation is completed there is no need to arrest the petitioner.
The bench then granted 4 weeks’ time to the State to file the counter affidavit and ordered that no coercive steps be taken against the Ex-Cop till then.
The city police have registered a sedition case against ADG-rank officer Gurjinder Pal Singh based on a written complaint filed by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB). The anti-graft body reportedly seized alleged documents from Singh that were suggestive of a conspiracy against the government.
The Kotwali police station has registered the case under Sections 124-A, 153-A (that deals with sedition and treason) of the IPC against the 1994-batch IPS officer who was earlier suspended by the state government on July 5.
ACB sleuths carried out raids for three days at 15 premises and properties linked to the IPS officer following complaints about disproportionate assets. After the registering of the case, Singh has been missing from his Raipur home. “We came to know that he has left for Bilaspur but we are verifying the same. His location cannot be traced at the moment,” said an ACB officer./ILNS/AV/SNG