HC indicts ex-DGP Sumedh Saini for depravity of mind

SIT tells former Punjab top cop to join probe on September 23

HC indicts ex-DGP Sumedh Saini for depravity of mind

Sumedh Singh Saini. File photo

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21

Virtually indicting Sumedh Singh Saini for depravity of mind, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted the Punjab ex-DGP showed scant regard for law. He not only seriously undermined fundamental rights of a citizen, but went to the extent of snuffing out a precious life in a manner beyond retribution.

“What has come across this court from the records depict depravity of mind, for which the petitioner deserves no compassion,” Justice Fateh Deep Singh asserted, dismissing Saini’s plea for declaring the probe in Multani murder case “non est” or nothing.

Saini had sought directions for transfer of the case outside Punjab to any other agency or the CBI. The final order was pronounced earlier this month. Justice Fateh Deep Singh asserted the question of quashing the FIR and the probe proceedings against the petitoner was “too preposterous”.

He said the petitioner, then Punjab DGP, had set up a poor precedent for the force, which was “protector of humans and not terminator”. Observing the SC had made it clear the Bench must see if petitioner had an alternative remedy before exercising powers under Article 226, Justice Fateh Deep Singh said Saini failed to exhaust the alternative remedy. 

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