HC reserves judgment in Khaira drug case.
Chandigarh – Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday reserved judgment in Aam Adami Party (AAP) MLA from Bholath and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s case in which he had challenged the trial court’s order summoning him in a drug-related case. The single-judge bench of Justice A B Chaudhari heard the arguments of the petitioner and the state government counsel. “The High Court has reserved judgment in the matter,” Khaira’s counsel RS Rai and Mehtab Khaira said after the court hearing. Giving relief to Khaira during the last hearing, the High Court had stayed the non-bailable warrant issued by the trial court against Khaira in a drug case. Khaira had moved the High Court on November 3 against the trial court’s order. In his petition, Khaira has said that an attempt was being made to make him an accused with a purpose to tarnish his image. The counsel for the Khaira stated that when the trial court had already concluded the case and accused had been convicted, how he (Sukhpal Khaira) could be summoned now. The Fazilka court on October 31 had issued summons to Khaira for November 30 under Section 319 of the Criminal Procedure Code (power to proceed against other persons appearing to be guilty of offence) following an application from the government counsel on behalf of prosecution. Counsel for Khaira raised questions on the evidence of call details. He said that no evidence found in the investigation from beginning to end by the police. Counsel for the government said that later suddenly something against Khaira was come to light so he was summoned.
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