The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Punjab BJP leader Jagjit Singh’s plea to transfer the investigation in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case to the CBI.
A bench of judges Ajay Rastogi and Abhay S. Oka also remarked that such issues should not have political color and they do not appreciate such a practice. However, the Court also pointed out that the Court must work openly for everyone.
Meanwhile, the Court adjourned the July 18 hearing on another plea by defendant Lawrence Bishnoi’s father challenging the transit referral to the Punjab Police and asked the State of Punjab to file a response on advocacy.
Lead Attorney Vikram Chaudhri appeared for mobster father Lawrence Bishnoi while Lead Attorney AM Singhvi appeared for Punjab.
On June 14, the Patiala House court in Delhi allowed Punjab Police to arrest mobster Lawrence Bishnoi in connection with the murder of singer Sidhu Moosewala and also granted Punjab Police’s transit request. The court also ordered the Punjab Police to ensure that the medical examination of the accused Lawrence Bishnoi is carried out according to the law/rules before leaving Delhi and also before his appearance in the relevant court of CJM, Mansa, Punjab.
The Delhi court, while allowing the Punjab Police’s claims, had earlier said, “Investigator/SP Applicant Dharamveer Singh and the Investigating Agency have been instructed to take all appropriate measures for the safety and security of the accused Lawrence Bishnoi during transit until the production of the accused Lawrence Bishnoi before the relevant court in Mansa, Punjab.”
According to the petition filed by the Punjab Police in the City Court, Lawrence Bishnoi is a key conspirator of singer Sidhu Moose Wala. The Punjab Police further reported that during the investigation of the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case, the arrested defendant’s confession statements were recorded, in which it was clearly stated that Lawrence Bishnoi charged the co-accused of carrying out the “planned murder of Sidhu Moose Wala.
Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by assailants in Jawaharke village, Mansa district, Punjab on May 29. The incident happened a day after his security was removed by Punjab police among 424 other people. Notably, the singer had joined the Congress party last year in December ahead of the Assembly elections.
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