Ex-DGP Saini freed day after HC mentioned his arrest ‘patently unlawful’

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Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini was launched from the custody of the state Vigilance Bureau Friday on the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom, which termed his arrest as “patently unlawful”.

The courtroom order on Thursday got here on a habeas corpus plea filed by Saini’s spouse a day after he was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau in reference to a case registered in September 2020 for dishonest, forgery, corruption and different offences.

Ruling that Saini’s arrest was in violation of three earlier orders of the Excessive Courtroom, a single bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi ordered his instant launch. Saini was launched at round 2 am from a Mohali courtroom.

Saini’s legal professionals contended that he was illegally arrested within the FIR No. 11, dated September 17, 2020, “resulting from mala fides, malice and ulterior motives because of political vendetta”. Additionally, Saini has been granted interim anticipatory bail in FIR No. 13, dated August 2, on the identical allegations.

Legal professionals representing Punjab mentioned Saini was arrested in a case which didn’t have any connection to his service profession and thus not violative of earlier HC orders.

“The mentioned allegations couldn’t type a part of one other FIR… Subsequently arrest of the detenue on considerably the identical allegations is patently unlawful,” mentioned the bench in its order.

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