Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday directed the state government to produce the case diary in the court during next date of hearing. A petition was filed by the father of one of the Nabha jailbreak case escapees, Kulpreet Singh Deol alias Neeta Deol in the High Court for protection. The directions came from the Bench headed by Justice MMS Bedi.
“A responsible officer on behalf of special investigation team (SIT) is directed to get the case diary signed from the Illaqa Magistrate forthwith after going through the case dairy, without disclosing the content to anyone,” the court said. The court said that the case dairy be made available in the court on December 3 when the case will come up for hearing.
Soon after the lunch break as the case came up for hearing, an affidavit was filed by the Punjab IGP (crime) G Nageswara Rao, on behalf of the Director-General of Police. It was stated in the affidavit that a special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate Nabha jailbreak case registered on November 27. The affidavit added Kulpreet Singh Deol has not been arrested after he escaped from the jail. It was also stated that the contents were correct as per the information derived from the official record. The court observed that the official record in the present case would be case diary.
Responding to a query, the counsel for the state government said none of the SIT members were in Chandigarh at the moment.
Justice Bedi also directed Rao to furnish a fresh affidavit indicating the official record on the basis of which he had furnished the affidavit on Thursday in the court. Justice Bedi said that in case of Deol’s arrest, he would be required to be produced as per provisions of the Punjab Police Rules and the CrPC.
Counsel for the petitioner Sant Pal Singh Sidhu, had sought issuance of direction to the state of Punjab and other respondents on behalf of the petitioner to provide protection to him and his son.
It is mentioned that six jail inmates had escaped from Nabha jail in Patiala district.
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