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HC denied pre-arrest bail on charges of spying for Pakistan

HC denied pre-arrest bail on charges of spying for Pakistan

Expressing concern over the Army personnel losing their lives in cross-border firing, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Wednesday dismissed the pre-arrest bail plea of three persons, including a woman, booked by the Punjab Police for allegedly supplying secret information of the Indian Army to Pakistan, and drug peddling.

The three accused had been booked by the Punjab Police in May 2019, under sections 3, 4, 5, and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923 and Sections 120-B IPC (Sections 21-A, 27 and 29 of NDPS Act added later on), in the FIR registered at Gharinda police station in Amritsar Rural.

The three accused were arrested following the revelations made by Malkit Singh alias Fauji, an Indian army soldier, who is accused of contacting agents in Pakistan through WhatsApp and providing secret information about the activities of the Indian Army.

Malkit Singh was arrested in May last year. He was posted in Jammu and Kashmir near the India-Pakistan border. During interrogation, he revealed the names of Gurlal Singh, his wife Gurpreet Kaur and Harpreet Singh.

The Punjab lawyer opposed the bail plea, saying that custodial interrogation of the three accused was necessary as they face serious charges.

After hearing the arguments, a bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan, while denying the concession of pre arrest bail to the trio, observed, “It is a matter of record that the Army and the para-military personnel are losing their lives when cross-border firing happens and the allegations in the FIR that the accused persons are passing on the information of training and movement of the Indian Army make them (personnel) soft target of the Pakistani agencies. Resultantly, many security personnel have lost their lives and, therefore, the petitioners deserves no concession of pre-arrest bail”.

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