The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved its order in anticipatory bail and protection plea moved by Slain singer-politician Sidhu Moosewala's manager, Shaganpreet Singh (currently in Australia) in connection with the Youth Akali leader Vicky Middukhera's murder case.
In his protection plea, Shaganpreet had cited a potential threat to life from gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi and Satwinder Singh alias Goldy Brar.
Now, having heard the case today, Justice Anoop Chitkara reserved its order. Earlier on June 30, the Bench had issued notice to the state government and sought a status report on the investigation in Vicky Middukhera's murder case by July 4, 2022.
However, the Court had denied to grant him any relief as it had noted that Shaganpreet is presently residing in Australia and as such, there was no immediate urgency for any interim relief till the next date of hearing.
The case in brief
It may be noted that Goldy Brar, who happens to be a close aide of Bishnoi, had claimed the responsibility for the killing of Sidhu Moosewala in May 2022. It was claimed that since Moosewala and his manager Shagunpreet (present applicant) had an active role in Middukhera's murder, therefore, to avenge his death, Moosewala was killed.
Allegedly, the Lawrence Bishnoi gang had claimed, in a Facebook post, the responsibility for the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala as they wanted to avenge the death of Vikramjit Singh Middukhera. Vicky was a college friend of Lawrence Bishnoi.
Soon after the murder of Moosewala, Lawrence Bishnoi's gang member, Goldy Brar (presently in Canada) had, in a Facebook post, claimed the responsibility for the incident alleging that Moosewala and his manager, Shagunpreet were involved in Vicky's murder. Moosewala was shot at least 30 times from an automatic assault rifle while he was driving his SUV.
Thereafter, citing a potential threat to life from gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi and Satwinder Singh alias Goldy Brar, Shagunpreet had moved the High Court. He had said that the persons accused of the attack on the deceased are also interrogated and are behind the bar, still to date, none of the accused in the matter ever said that the petitioner was involved in the attack or plan barring one accused.
In his plea, he had also averred that the police are virtually hunting him and he faces immediate arrest as soon as he even enters his residence hence, he be granted anticipatory bail.
In view of this, he had prayed before the Court that his petition may kindly be allowed and he be granted a concession of anticipatory bail under Sections 302 34 of Indian Penal Code 1860 and Section 25 and 27 of the Arms Act 1959 and Sections 120B and 473 IPC added later on.
For petitioners: Mr. Vinod Ghai, Sr. Advocate with Ms. Kanika Ahuja, Advocate Mr. Gaurav Dutta, Advocate Mr. Edward Augustine George, Advocate Mr. Manish Modi, Advocate and Ms. Shrishti Sharma.
For complainants: Mr. Sidakmeet Singh Sandhu, AAG, Punjab. Mr. RS Rai (Senior Advocate), Mr. Paras Talwar, Advocate with Mr. Deepanshu, Mehta, Advocate and Mr. Tushan Rawal, Advocate for the complainant(s).
For State: Mr. Gaurav Garg Dhuriwala
Case title - SHAGUN PREET SINGH v. STATE OF PUNJAB