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Mohali court issues arrest warrant against Sumedh Saini

A Mohali court on Saturday issued arrest warrants (non-bailable warrants) against former Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini in connection with the Balwant Singh Multani disappearance case of 1991.Mohali judicial magistrate Ravtesh Inderjit Singh directed the police to arrest Saini and produce him in court by September 25.

The orders were issued after the special investigation team (SIT) failed to arrest Saini despite conducting raids at various places, including neighbouring states, and moved court “to get assistance” from police of other states and districts to arrest Saini.Special public prosecutor Sartej Singh Narula said: “The arrest warrants were sought from the court because police from other states was not cooperating with the SIT in search and arrest procedures taken up by police teams.”

In its application, the SIT stated that daily diary reports (DDR) have been registered at police station Hauz Khas, South Delhi, police station, Sadar Shimla, police post Pangana in Mandi, police station, north Chandigarh, police station, Sector 19, Chandigarh, and police station, Tanda near Hoshiarpur. “Perusal of the DDRs revealed that due to lack of arrest warrants, there is an obstacle in getting assistance from the police at various police stations by raiding party from Mohali. Thus application is allowed for facilitating arrest of Saini, who is evading arrest,” observed the court in its order of issuing non-bailable warrants.

Recently, the former DGP moved the Supreme Court after Punjab and Haryana high court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea.

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