January 11, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Gurdaspur: Bhupinder Singh Cheema, a US citizen and member of the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann) was reportedly booked by the Batala police in a case under section 216 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was arrested by the Batala police immediately after his release from Gurdaspur jail on on Saturday (January 9). Section 216 (IPC) pertains to “harbouring offender who has escaped from custody or whose apprehension has been ordered” (see full text below).
The Batala police presented Bhupinder Singh Cheema before civil judge (junior division) Monika Chauhan and raised a demand for his police remand. But the court refused to entertain the remand plea and S. Cheema was sent back to Gurdaspur jail under judicial custody.
It is notable that Bhupinder Singh Cheema (USA) was granted bail, along with United Akali Dal chief Mohkam Singh and others by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday in a ‘sedition’ case registered at Chhatiwind police station in relation to Panthic congregation of November 10 at village Chabba. Bhai Mohkam Singh was also framed by the Amritsar police in a fresh case on Saturday (see details).
SAD (Mann) leaders have accused the Punjab police for working under political pressure and framing their party leaders and members under false charges.
Section 216 in The Indian Penal Code
216. Harbouring offender who has escaped from custody or whose apprehension has been ordered.—Whenever any person convicted of or charged with an offence, being in lawful custody for that offence, escapes from such custody; or whenever a public servant, in the exercise of the lawful powers of such public servant, orders a certain person to be apprehended for an offence, whoever, knowing of such escape or order for apprehension, harbours of conceals that person with the intention of preventing him from being apprehended, shall be punished in the manner following that is to say,— if a capital offence.—if the offence for which the person was in custody or is ordered to be apprehended is punishable with death, he shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine; if punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment.—if the offence is punishable with 1[imprisonment for life], or imprisonment for ten years, he shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, with or without fine; and if the offence is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to one year and not to ten years, he shall be punished with imprisonment of the description provided for the offence for a term which may extend to one-fourth part of the longest term of the imprisonment provided for such offence, or with fine, or with both. 2[“Offence” in this section includes also any act or omission of which a person is alleged to have been guilty out of 3[India], which, if he had been guilty of it in 3[India], would have been punishable as an offence, and for which he is, under any law relating to extradition, 4[***] or otherwise, liable to be apprehended or detained in custody in 3[India]; and every such act or omission shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be punishable as if the accused person had been guilty of it in 3[India].]
(Exception) —This provision does not extend to the case in which the harbour or concealment is by the husband or wife of the person to be apprehended.
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