March 3, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: Sikh Political Prisoner Prof. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar was granted bail today in a recently opened 23 years old TADA court, Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur- council of Prof. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) over phone.
“The arguments on regular bail plea were heard on March 1 and the decision was reserved for today by the TADA court” said Advocate J S Manjhpur, while expressing satisfaction of the court’s decision to allow bail to Prof. Bhullar.
“The court had allowed bail with one surety of Rs. 50,000/-. We will furnish the bail bond soon”, he informed.
The case documents (copy available with the Sikh Siyasat News) reveal that the case pertains to an alleged police encounter in which two Sikhs were shot dead by the Batala police. They were identified as Gurmej Singh alias Geja and Joga Singh, both residents of Vero Nangal village.
A case under Section 307, 34 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act, 3, 4, 5 of TADA and 4, 5 of the Explosive Act was registered at Sadar police station in Batala in 1992.
Prof. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar was named in the case in February 1995. He was under the custody of Delhi police at that time. There is no direct evidence or witness against Prof. Bhullar. According to police file a person had disclosed before the police that ‘Sikh militants’ used to visit his house to take meals and on the day of 1992 incident (related to the present case) Prof. DPS Bhullar had visited his house. On the basis of this statement the police has named Prof. Bhullar in this case.
Prof. Bhullar, who is presently admitted in psychiatry ward of Guru Nanak Hospital in Amritsar was presented before the designated TADA court of Justice Surinder Singh Sahni on February 26. The court had also asked the police and medical authorities to submit a report whether he was fit to face trial and had fixed the date of hearing on March 1.
On March 1 Dr PD Garg had submitted his report saying that Prof. Bhullar’s condition has partially improved and he could understand the trial proceedings.
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