Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 13
Less than every week after an Additional Sessions Judge dismissed Gurdas Maan’s anticipatory bail plea in a case registered in opposition to him on August 26 for hurting spiritual emotions of the Sikh group, the Punjabi singer on Monday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Among different issues, Maan contended the “Sessions Judge was apparently influenced by the present of public outcry, generated by some sections by way of a sustained marketing campaign”. His counsel Arshdeep Singh Cheema and Tarannum Cheema within the petition added that the settled rules regulating the query of bail have been ignored in an environment projected as surcharged. The statutory parameters and the settled norms by way of precedents have been relegated to the background. “The Judge didn’t even pause to contemplate as as to if the investigating company had requested for custodial interrogation and additional made a sound case for a similar.”
It was added that the petitioner had deep roots within the society and nothing in his earlier conduct in the course of the inquiry would present that he was more likely to abscond.
Moreover, the alleged objectionable materials was already in public area and nothing was required to be recovered from the petitioner warranting his custodial interrogation.
“Moreover, as a humble Sikh and a delicate citizen, the petitioner made a broadly circulated public apology…. His phrases must be interpreted within the complete background of his lifelong devotion to venerable Sikh Gurus and to the rules of Sikhism,” it was added.