Crime-Justice

Punjab and Haryana High Court reserves decision on Khaira's plea in drug case

November 09, 2017 08:07 PM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved judgement on petition filed by AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira who had challenged the non-bailable warrants issued against him by the additional district and session judge Fazilka in a drug case.

The ruling Congress and SAD-BJP alliance had demanded resignation of Khaira on moral grounds, even some of the AAP MLAs had advised Khaira to step down till the time case is not dismissed. Khaira was summoned under section 319 of the IPC which says if any evidence comes to the notice of judge during trial of a case, he can issue summons to accused during the trial of case. However in this case the judge had issued warrants after conclusion of trial of the case in which key accused were sentenced to 20 year of jail.

Khaira had demanded to quash the order of Fazilka judge and High Court had granted stay on the warrants. The arguments on petition by Khaira were today completed and High Court reserved the order. The defence cousel has taken the plea that powers under section 319 can only be exercised during the trail and not after conclusion of trial. There is also no material evidence against Khaira, his lawyer told the High Court.

Khaira had refused to resign on the issue of non-bailable warrants on the plea that former SAD minister Bikram Sing Majithia was named kingpin of the drug trade in Punjab and he didnt resign, the former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal and present Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh faced corruption cases and none of them resigned. He said that he was torally innocent in this case and will  not bow to pressure tactics of opponents.

Khaira had also got support of his party MLAs who stood by him. Bains brothers MLAs of Ludhiana also supported Khaira.

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