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Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur bail hearing adjourned till February 24

Kaur was arrested for allegedly gheraoing an industrial unit and demanding money from the Sonipat-based company, according to the Haryana Police.

Written by Jagpreet Singh Sandhu | Chandigarh |
Updated: February 23, 2021 1:48:02 am
Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur bail hearing adjourned till February 24Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur, who has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking regular bail, did not get any immediate relief on Monday, as the matter was adjourned for hearing on February 24. (File)

Dalit labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur (24), who had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking regular bail, did not get any immediate relief on Monday, with the matter being adjourned to February 24 on the request of Haryana government’s counsel.

Kaur’s bail plea came up for hearing before the bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan, which has issued notice in the matter to the State of Haryana. Her plea will now be heard along with the suo motu cognizance taken by the HC over her “illegal confinement”, and the plea of Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan president Shiv Kumar (24) seeking transfer of his case to the CBI. Shiv was picked up by Haryana Police on January 16, four days after Kaur, a member of the same outfit.

Kaur, currently lodged in jail at Karnal, has contended before the HC bench through her counsel, advocate Arshdeep Singh Cheema and Harinder Deep Singh Bains, that she has been falsely arraigned as accused in the FIR dated January 12 registered at Kundli police station in Sonepat.

Her counsel argued: “The petitioner has been targeted primarily for two reasons — firstly, that local police being in cahoots with the KIA (Kundli Industrial Area) is making deliberate and calculated attempts to curb unionisation of workers and to continue exploiting them. Secondly, the petitioner, along with MAS, was successful in generating huge support for the farmers’ movement which irked the administration and, therefore, attempts were made to stifle the said support.”

Her counsel further argued that material placed on record by the investigating agency leaves no doubt that IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) cannot be attracted by any stretch of imagination. Placing on record the medico-legal reports of injured police officers, the counsel argued that it reveals the injuries mentioned have been intentionally exaggerated and kept vague so that such an exaggeration is not discovered or proved.

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