The Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday gave interim relief to former Punjab DGP SumedhSingh Saini while directing the state government to give a week's notice to the former top cop in case police proposes to arrest him, if any case is made out against him.
The court issued notice to the state government and CBI for November 28 on his plea seeking directions to Punjab to hand over investigation in any matter registered against him to the CBI or any other independent agency outside the state, he said.
Saini had moved the High Court in light of Justice (retd) RanjitSingh Commission's findings concerning him.
The commission looked into the acts of omission and commission committed by the police in the 2015 Behbal Kalan sacrilege row in which two youth were killed after police firing on protesters staging demonstration against incidents of sacrileges.
Saini was seeking issuance of directions to the state to keep any proposal for arresting him in abeyance for a specific period to enable him to seek recourse to legal remedies, his counsel said.
The former DGP claimed that he was seen as a man who had launched criminal prosecution against the present chief minister and his coterie.
He was in Chandigarh and not at Kotkapura where the force was allegedly used, his counsel submitted.
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