HC rejects ex-MLA Simarjeet Bains’ plea to quash order declaring him ‘proclaimed offender’

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Friday rejected a petition from the head of the Movement for the Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the head of the Lok Insaf Semarjit Singh Pines party seeking to annul An order to be declared a “declared offender” (PO) In an alleged rape case. Court of Justice Lisa Gill also denied Baynes’ anticipatory bail application.

Former Legal Aid Law attorneys and other petitioners in the case, through counsel, Senior Advocate Vinod Ghai, Kanika Ahuja, and Sonny Pal Singh Olakh, have taken to the High Court to overturn the order of the Ludhiana Magistrate’s Judge of April 12, which declared PO In the case registered in July 2021 in Ludhiana. The Supreme Court also dismissed the petitions of co-accused Paramjit Singh Pines and Karamjit Singh seeking to overturn a Ludhiana judge’s order to declare protection orders.

Baines’ attorney had argued that he was falsely involved in FIR at the behest of his political opponents who alleged they had skewed largely for political gain and had initiated a false trial of the petitioner. The petitioner also claimed that he was never arrested in the course of the investigation and that he cooperated fully. He also never escaped legal action and was seeking other legal remedies.

However, in its response to the Supreme Court, Punjab Police said Semarjit Pines never joined the investigations into the rape case that was registered against him in Ludhiana last year.

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Earlier on February 24, the court had written to Police Department No. 5 SHO in Ludhiana to detain Bains under Section 229-A (Failure of Person on bail or on bail to appear in court) of the IPC. The court also ordered a Notice of Proclamation against Bains on April 7 under Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code and ordered him to appear in court within 30 days of making a proclamation against him.

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