New Delhi: The BJP’s Tajinder Bagga got a big relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday, May 10, news agency reported, after a case was filed against him over an alleged threat to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Punjab and Haryana High Court grants interim relief of stay on arrest to BJP's Tajinder Singh Bagga; interim relief to continue till July 5
— ANI (@ANI) May 10, 2022
The court has ruled that Mr Bagga, who faces charges in a case filed in Mohali for allegedly making provocative statements on social media, promoting religious enmity and criminal intimidation, cannot be arrested till July 5, the high court has ruled.
The BJP slammed the ruling AAP government in Punjab and called it “political vendetta”. However, the AAP had hit back saying that the arrest took place after Bagga did not join the probe in the case against him.
Bagga’s arrest last week from his West Delhi home by the Punjab Police had triggered a huge political uproar as the Delhi Police and the Haryana Police intervened when he was being taken to Mohali. The Delhi Police filed a kidnapping case against the Punjab Police. He was released within hours in the midst of high drama.
Bagga was booked under relevant sections, including 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place etc), 505 (whoever makes, publishes, or circulates any statement, rumour or report) and 506 (criminal intimidation), of the Indian Penal Code.
On Saturday, the Punjab High Court directed the Punjab Police to not take any coercive action against Bagga until the next date of hearing. The court had also stayed his arrest till May 10. Bagga had thanked the court for staying his arrest.
“I thank the Punjab and Haryana High Court along with Minority Commission who showed yesterday that law still works in this country. The Minority Committee sent a notice to the Punjab government for not letting me wear my turban. In Sikhs, we can’t go out without a turban,” he said in a self-made video.
Bagga has also appealed before a Delhi court, seeking directions to the Delhi Police “for the extension and enhancement” of his security and for “releasing his and his father’s cellphones”.
“We filed two separate applications before the court. In the first application, we mentioned that the two cellphones were currently in the custody of the IO (investigating officer) of the Janakpuri case and that they may be released to Bagga and his father. The second application mentioned that there is every likelihood that similar incidents endangering the life and liberty of our client (Bagga) will again be repeated and that he is living under constant apprehension of threat to his life and liberty,” said advocate Sanket Gupta, adding that the police officers concerned will file a reply before the court on Tuesday.