Former Punjab Police chief Sumedh Singh Saini moves SC after high court dismisses bail petition [11.9.2020]

11.9.2020, New Delhi

The ex-DGP is likely to be represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi in the Supreme Court after the Punjab and Haryana high court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea in the Balwant Singh Multani disappearance case of 1991

Former Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini has moved the Supreme Court, seeking anticipatory bail in a case related to the alleged abduction and disappearance of a junior engineer, Balwant Singh Multani, in 1991.

Saini, who is likely to be represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, moved the apex court on Thursday after the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday dismissed two of his petitions in the case.

Saini, a 1982-batch Indian Police Service officer, who was the youngest DGP in the country, was booked along with six others on May 6 at Mataur police station in Mohali for the alleged kidnapping of Multani in 1991.

Multani worked with Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (Citco) and was picked up by the police after a terrorist attack on Saini, who was then Chandigarh senior superintendent of police. Saini was injured in the attack and three policemen were killed.

Saini retired in 2018 after 36 years of service and, in his petition, sought quashing of the first information report (FIR).

Ramanpreet Sandhu, the counsel for Saini, alleged that the case against the former DGP was an example of “politically motivated conspiracy” by the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab.

11 Sep 2020