On Friday, Bagga was arrested by the Punjab Police after the leader failed to appear for interrogation despite the police sending him notice five times and a drama ensued between the police forces of three states.
Chandigarh: In a major relief to BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday asked the Punjab Police not to arrest the leader till July 5. Bagga has been facing allegations of making provocative statements on social media, promoting religious enmity and criminal intimidation.
On Friday, Bagga was arrested by the Punjab Police after the leader failed to appear for interrogation despite the police sending him notice five times. The Cyber Crime police station in Mohali had reportedly registered an FIR against him and an unknown person for allegedly making provocative statements, “promoting enmity and criminal intimidation”.
After arresting Bagga, when Punjab Police were enroute to Mohali, they were stopped by the Haryana Police after the Delhi Police registered a case of kidnapping against Punjab Police based on a complaint from senior Bagga. He was later brought back to Delhi and a battery of BJP leaders beelined to his home since Friday night.
A day later, a Mohali court had issued an arrest warrant against the saffron party leader and had instructed the Punjab Police to arrest him and produce him before the court.
Hours later, the High Court directed the Punjab government not to take any coercive action against Bagga and stayed the arrest till the next hearing which will be held on May 10. Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha had agreed to list the matter for an urgent hearing at the residence of Justice Anoop Chitkara in the midnight.
Reacting to the development, his father Preetpal Singh Bagga had said, “It has now been proven that they just want to book Tajinder Bagga in some case or the other… Delhi Police is present here in Janakpuri, they will be with us in all legal actions & we will cooperate with them.”
Preetpal Singh Bagga had alleged that while arresting Tajinder, the Punjab Police had allegedly punched him on his face. “This morning, 10-15 police personnel came to our home and dragged Tajinder out. When I picked up my mobile phone to record a video of the incident, police took me to another room and punched me in the face.”
It may be noted that Bagga has been critical of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his remarks on Kashmiri pandits.