July 5, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
NewDelhi: As per the media reports the Delhi High Court here on Tuesday extended the bail term on medical grounds to an 89-year-old convict serving life term in a 1984 Sikh genocide case, to which the CBI registered a slack protest.
The bench headed by chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar granted the relief to retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal till July 13 as his plea seeking extension of interim suspension of his sentence is pending and issued notice to the CBI on it.
Moreover, the dual application of law by the Indian judiciary is clearly visible here as 99 years old Sikh political prisoner Bapu Asa Singh even after completing his sentence was detained illegally and consistently denied bail, whereas Captain Bhagmal easily got his bail period extended by the court.
Meanwhile, the CBI in its report submitted with the high court purportedly stated that Captain Bhagmal’s medical reports showed that he does not suffer from any chronic disease and the ailments were common at his age. “The convict does not deserve any leniency and his application for extension of suspension of sentence may kindly be summarily dismissed with cost in the interest of justice,” the agency said while trying to oppose the bail plea, media reports said.
The convict is already on interim bail since March 24 on medical grounds. Captain Bhagmal, through his counsel, had stated that he was suffering from enlarged prostrate for which he has to undergo surgery which would require him to remain hospitalised, reads a quote from a report published in an English vernacular.
Before Captain Bhagmal’s was released he was asked by the bench for his address where he would be available, and mobile number on which he could be contacted just in case if the need arises. It had asked the convict not to get in touch with any witness or the legal heirs of the deceased.
“In case, there is a violation of this condition, it will be open to the CBI to move an application for recall of the order,” it had said, adding that Bhagmal shall not leave the Indian Capital Territory of Delhi without its permission. Bhagmal, former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar,
Girdhari Lal and two others were held guilty in a case relating to the murder of five members of a family in Raj Nagar area of Delhi Cantonment, reports the Hindustan Times (HT).
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