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HC rejects anticipatory bail of Babla

Noting that allegations leveled against Municipal Councilor Davinder Singh Babla “deserve detailed investigation”,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Babla.

Noting that allegations leveled against Municipal Councilor Davinder Singh Babla “deserve detailed investigation”,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Babla.

In a strongly worded judgment,Justice Rajesh Bindal said: “Being at the helm of affairs,a public figure and an elected representative,Babla is answerable (for his deeds),for which his custodial interrogation would be required.”

Earlier,Babla’s counsel R S Ghai argued that there is no need of his custodial interrogation. Observing that a public representative has to be a role model,Justice Bindal said: “If a person commits a wrong,he cannot be permitted to take a plea that since he is a public figure,there is no likelihood of his absconding and he will always make himself available for investigation. When courts do not grant bail to other persons involved in similar offences,there is no question of grant of anticipatory bail to Babla for whom the standards would be stricter,” said the court. Commenting on the documents against Babla in possession of the Chandigarh Police,the court said,“The documents speak for themselves.”

Senior standing counsel for the UT Administration,Anupam Gupta pointed out that “there is a pervasive network of corruption compounded by terror in Sector-26 grain market”. Refuting allegations of political vendetta,Gupta clarified that the UT Administration was not fighting a proxy battle through the complainant,Suraj Parkash Ahuja in the case. “We are scratching the surface of an iceberg and to unravel the entire scam the custodial interrogation of Babla is indispensable,” Gupta said.

“Let Babla throw a moral challenge to the Administration. If he hasn’t done anything wrong then let him come forward and prove us wrong,” the counsel said. He claimed that the Chandigarh Police was keen to arrest Babla but had no clue where he was. Gupta said the Administration has acted with restraint by not registering a case of corruption against Babla.