A Faridkot court has permitted Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, an accused in the 2015 post-sacrilege police firing incident in Kotkapura, to travel abroad from June 13 to July 7. Meanwhile, former DIG Amar Singh Chahal and former Kotkapura SHO Gurdeep Pander appeared in the court while other accused sought exemption on Wednesday. The matter was adjourned to July 7.
The court of Faridkot judicial magistrate Ajaypal Singh in an order passed on June 8, said keeping in view the settled law, this court is of the considered view that the application in hand deserves to be allowed.
The court had directed Sukhbir to furnish an unconditional bank guarantee of ₹50 lakh in the form of surety, which was submitted on June 12, along with a copy of his passport and a sealed envelope with details of his visit.
Sukhbir had moved an application on June 6 seeking permission to go abroad with a request for withholding the disclosure of destination due to security concerns as he is a Z+ security protectee. “However, on return, the schedule can be submitted if desired by the court,” he added.
The state counsel had opposed the application claiming the accused had managed to delay the investigation for about seven years on one pretext or the other by using his political and financial position.
The court also asked Sukhbir to disclose his contact number, if any, and e-mail address on which he could be contacted during his stay abroad and he shall also disclose the address in which the applicant would be staying during the said period. “The aforesaid details can be submitted in a sealed envelope if so desired on account of security concerns raised by the applicant,” the court added.