Faridkot: Three get bail in sacrilege case

Faridkot: Three get bail in sacrilege case

Faridkot, July 20

The court of Judicial Magistrate Ist Class (JMIC), Faridkot, on Tuesday granted bail to three accused: Shakti Singh, Ranjit Singh, alias Bhola, and Baljit Singh, in a sacrilege case. The accused were in custody since May 17 when they were arrested by the newly formed Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the police.

While granting bail, the court observed that the accused had already remained in custody for sufficiently long time. Moreover the offences, allegedly committed by the accused, were punishable for imprisonment for a maximum term of five years, so in view of the existing situation due to the pandemic, the trial of the case was not going to conclude soon, it said while releasing them on bail.

The accused claimed that they were falsely implicated in the case and were not named initially in the FIR.

Meanwhile, a day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed a petition by an accused in a sacrilege-related case, in which he had opposed sending his handwriting samples for comparison with those on some derogatory posters which were pasted outside a gurdwara in Bargari in September 2015, the SIT filed its chargesheet in the case in the court of JMIC here. — TNS

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