The High Court has reserved the verdict on the petition of former Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab Sumedh Singh Saini. The court is likely to deliver its decision on Friday. This will make it clear whether the relief given to Saini will continue or not.

The Punjab-Haryana High Court on Thursday reserved its order on an appeal by former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini to issue a direction to give notice seven days before his arrest in any case registered during his entire service period. Now on Friday, a decision can come from the High Court whether the interim relief given to Saini will continue or not.

On October 11, 2018, hearing Saini’s petition, the High Court had ordered Saini to give 7 days’ notice before taking any action in the FIR registered in respect of any incident while he was Director Vigilance, IG (Intelligence), and DGP. After this, Saini again filed a petition in the High Court saying that the Punjab government was trying to implicate him in some case or the other due to rivalry.

Now the government has implicated him in the Balwant Singh Multani case in 1991 only because he was the SSP of Chandigarh at that time. In such a situation, now seven days’ notice should be ordered before taking action in any case registered for the incident that happened during his entire service period. Giving him interim relief, the High Court had issued a notice to the Punjab government and also sought his reply.

Meanwhile, in another disproportionate assets case, the High Court had on August 12 granted interim bail to Saini and ordered him to join the investigation. Under the order, when Saini reached the Vigilance Office late on 18 August, he was arrested. Saini filed a petition against this in the High Court saying that his arrest is illegal as he has got interim bail.

On this, the High Court had ordered the immediate release of Saini. After this, the Vigilance had filed a petition in the High Court stating that Saini was arrested on the night of August 18, not in FIR No. 13 but in FIR No. 11. In such a situation, his arrest cannot be called illegal because in this FIR he was not granted bail by the High Court. The High Court has now reserved its decision regarding Saini’s demand.

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