Updated: August 7, 2022 8:16:01 am
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the state’s Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, and Sarabjit Kaur Manuke (AAP MLA) and Narender Shergill (AAP Leader) appeared before a district court in Chandigarh on Saturday over their alleged involvement in a case of rioting registered in 2020.
The court, on Saturday, also issued bailable warrants against Punjab Cabinet Minister Aman Arora and MLA Baljinder Kaur in the same case.
The Chandigarh Police had named 10 AAP leaders, including the CM, in its chargesheet.
On Saturday Mann, Cheema, Sarabjit Kaur Manuka and Narender Shergill appeared before the Court of CJM (Chief Judicial Magistrate) Dr Aman Inder Singh, wherein they were granted bail by the court.
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During the previous hearing of the case on March 23, 2022, the Punjab CM and other AAP leaders were asked to appear before the CJM Court. Bhagwant Mann was represented by senior advocate Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu (former AG Punjab) and advocate Pratham Sethi.
The case pertains to January 10, 2020, when the Chandigarh Police had booked Bhagwant Mann and seven party MLAs on charges of rioting, assault and obstructing police from performing their duties during a protest near the MLA hostel in Sector 4, Chandigarh, against the power tariff hike.
As per reports, at least half a dozen police personnel were injured when some AAP supporters allegedly pelted stones at the police personnel. The AAP’s Punjab unit had then slammed the then Punjab government for the incident and criticised the Chandigarh Police for being a “puppet in the hands of Central government”.
The Chandigarh Police had filed a case at the Sector 3 police station and then filed the chargesheet under Sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) of the Indian Penal Code, registered at PS Sector 3.
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