Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, September 30
The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket on Thursday confirmed interim anticipatory bail granted to Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann in a case registered in opposition to him on August 26 for hurting non secular emotions of the Sikh neighborhood.
The Bench, on the similar time, granted the investigating officer the freedom to make Mann be part of the probe by means of videoconferencing as he was down with Covid.
“As no custodial interrogation of the petitioner is required, the interim bail granted on September 15 is made absolute. Let the petitioner be part of the investigation inside 5 weeks from right this moment. In meantime investigating officer might be part of petitioner by means of video convention,” Justice Avneesh Jhingan asserted.
The Bench additionally made it clear that the State can be at liberty to maneuver an utility for recalling the order, in case of his failure be part of the investigation inside 5 weeks. Because the case got here up for resumed listening to earlier than Justice Jhingan, senior counsel R. S. Cheema with Arshdeep Singh Cheema and Tarannum Cheema submitted that the petitioner had examined for Corona optimistic.
The senior advocate additional submitted that the petitioner would be part of the investigation as quickly as he recovered from Covid-19. Within the meantime, the petitioner volunteered to affix the investigation by means of videoconferencing, if the investigating company so desired. He additionally sought 4 weeks for bodily becoming a member of the investigation.
The State counsel additionally didn’t dispute that the petitioner had examined optimistic and reiterated that his custody was not required.
Amongst different issues, Mann in his petition by means of had contended the Periods Decide, who rejected his earlier bail plea, was apparently influenced by the present of public outcry, generated by some sections by means of a sustained marketing campaign. The settled rules regulating the query of bail had been ignored in an environment projected as surcharged. The statutory parameters and the settled norms by means of precedents had been relegated to the background. “The Decide didn’t even pause to think about as as to if the investigating company had requested for custodial interrogation and additional made a sound case for a similar.”
It was added that the petitioner had deep roots within the society and nothing in his earlier conduct throughout the inquiry would present that he was more likely to abscond. Furthermore, the alleged objectionable materials was already in public area and nothing was required to be recovered from the petitioner warranting his custodial interrogation.
“Furthermore, as a humble Sikh and the delicate citizen, the petitioner made a broadly circulated public apology…. His phrases must be interpreted within the complete background of his lifelong devotion to venerable Sikh Gurus and to the rules of Sikhism,” it was added.