HC tells Punjab government to Issue Advance Notice To Ex-Police Chief

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday directed the Punjab government to give a week’s notice to the former top cop in case police proposes to arrest him before taking any action against the former top cop.

Punjab’s former Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini, appointed by the previous Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)-BJP government and who retired early this year, had moved the High Court apprehending arrest under false cases.

Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill directed the issuance of notice in case action was contemplated against him. The Punjab government and CBI have been put on notice for November 28 by the High Court.

Several cases of corruption were filed against the current Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his close aides when Mr Saini headed the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.  The former DGP claimed that he was seen as a man who had launched criminal prosecution against the present chief minister and his coterie.

Saini, in his plea, had said that the current Congress government in the state could unleash vendetta against him and sought the court’s directions to the state to keep his arrest in abeyance for a specific period to enable him to seek recourse to legal remedies.

He added that a number of criminal cases were registered against members of the political party now in power in Punjab during his tenure as state Vigilance Bureau head.

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