Punjab & Haryana HC Stays Arrest Of Tajinder Bagga Till July 6
In a setback for the Punjab government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the arrest of BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Baggatill July 6.
The case was listed today before the Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara.
No coercive action will be taken against Bagga till July 6 when the case will come up for hearing next, Additional Solicitor General Satya Pal Jain, who appeared on behalf of the Delhi Police, said after the Court heard the matter.
"During this (till July 6), investigation will continue, but if statement of Bagga is to be recorded (by Punjab Police) that will be done at his (Delhi) residence in presence of his lawyer..," he said referring to the order passed by Justice Anoop Chitkara.
On Saturday, the High Court had directed that no coercive step be taken against the Delhi BJP leader after he sought a stay on the arrest warrant issued by a Mohali court earlier in the day.
The Court of Judicial Magistrate, Mohali, Ravtesh Inderjit Singh had issued the arrest warrant against Bagga in connection with a case registered last month.
The Punjab Police had booked Bagga on charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation. The case was registered on a complaint of AAP leader Sunny Ahluwalia, a resident of Mohali.
The FIR registered on April 1 referred to Bagga's remarks on March 30, when he was part of a BJP youth wing protest outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Bagga was arrested by the Punjab Police from his Delhi home on Friday, but was stopped in Haryana while being taken to Punjab and brought back to the national capital by Delhi Police hours later.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has declined to grant any relief to the Punjab Police, that had moved the Court filing a habeas corpus petition and seeking a direction to the Haryana Police to detain BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga in Haryana.
The Haryana Police had filed an affidavit before the Court denying the allegations of the Punjab Police about their officials being detained by the Haryana Police. The Court had recorded the said submission in its order while adjourning the plea to today.
With PTI inputs