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Virk gets bail
Tribune News Service

"In the peculiar circumstance of the case, detaining the petitioners behind bars when the trial is likely to take some time, to my mind, would be putting the petitioners on slow fire.
— Justice H.S. Bhalla

Chandigarh, October 31
Granting bail to Punjab’s former director-general of police S.S Virk in a corruption case, Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that detaining him behind bars would put him on “slow fire” as the trial was likely to take time.

Also allowing the bail application of another accused Vijay Pal Singh, Justice Bhalla ruled: The state cannot be permitted to put a citizen or its employees on a slow fire by detaining them behind bars during the pendency of the trial.

“In the peculiar circumstance of the case, detaining the petitioners behind bars when the trial is likely to take some time, to my mind, would be putting the petitioners on slow fire,” the judge elaborated.

In his detailed order, Justice Bhalla observed: The petitioners are behind bars from the date of arrest. The commencement of the trial and its conclusion may take few years. Meaning thereby that in case, after a number of years, the petitioners are acquitted they shall suffer an irrevocable injury.

Referring to the medical report, Justice Bhalla added that Virk required treatment and there was no reason why he should be left imprisoned. Describing it as a strong case to grant bail, the judge ordered the setting aside the Ropar sessions judge’s order rejecting Virk’s bail plea and directed his release on furnishing personal bonds, along with two sureties, to the satisfaction of the Ropar court. The judge also asked the petitioners to surrender their passports and not to leave the country without prior permission. They were also asked to make themselves available and not to tamper with the evidence.

In his petition for grant of regular bail in an FIR registered on September 8, Virk has claimed that the case was an example of political vendetta and victimisation carried out under the dictates of the present Punjab government.

Claiming that his arrest was not a result of any tangible or reliable information, Virk added that the state Vigilance Bureau was apparently inclined to arrest, humiliate and torture him with the intention of extracting voluntary and bogus confessions. The idea was to plant recoveries, and also to further malign his image, besides targeting specific people.

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