The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed its response to a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking removal of Sumedh Singh Saini from the post of Director General of Police,Punjab,for his alleged involvement in an abduction with the intention to murder case.
The case has been informed to Punjab Police and Punjab government from time to time by the CBI and therefore,it is up to them to decide the suitability of an officer who is facing trial. CBI has nothing to do with the appointment of Saini, read the CBI reply filed today in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Punjab government today sought time to file its response to the PIL,which was filed by Voices for Freedom through its director,Advocate Simranjit Singh. Counsel for the petitioner today contended that as many as 44 adjournments had been sought by Sainis lawyer in the trial pending before the CBI Special Court,Delhi.
In its PIL,the petitioner alleged that Sainis appointment to the post of DGP,Punjab,was in direct contravention to the law laid down by the apex court.
Referring to the trial,the petitioner has demanded action against officials,who allegedly withheld information from the Centre. Allowing time to the Punjab government to file its response,the next hearing in the case will be held on July 11.