Relief To BJP’s Bagga, HC Stays Arrest Till July 5

BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, whose arrest on Friday set off a cat-and-mouse chase featuring Punjab, Haryana and Punjab police, got relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court today. Tajinder Bagga faces charges in a case filed in Mohali for allegedly making provocative statements on social media, promoting religious enmity and criminal intimidation. The court has ruled that Mr Bagga cannot be arrested till July 5. After the HC hearing, Bagga slammed his political opponents, especially the AAP and its convenor Arvind Kejriwal, saying:

“No matter one or 100 FIRs are registered against me, I will keep raising issues of dishonouring of the Guru Granth Sahib and Kejriwal’s insult to Kashmiri Pandits. They (the AAP) are attacking me because I am raising my voice against the AAP and Arvind Kejriwal,” he said. 

Recently, the BJP leaders also protested outside the residence of the Delhi CM Kejriwal, calling him a “dictator”.

Bagga’s arrest in the case filed by AAP leader Sunny Ahluwalia at Mohali on April 1 witnessed the Punjab Police pitted against their counterparts from Haryana and Delhi. The AAP had accused the BJP and its governments of protecting its “goon” who incited riots in Punjab. 

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has filed a case of kidnapping over the arrest. As Punjab Police was taking him to an AAP-ruled state, they were stopped by their Haryana counterparts. Bagga was later brought to the national capital by the Delhi Police, taken to the DDU hospital as a Medico-Legal-Case (MLC) before being produced in front of a Dwarka court magistrate. The court had earlier stayed a warrant against the BJP leader.

Tajinder Bagga was arrested from his Delhi residence on Friday by the Punjab Police in connection with alleged hate tweets remarks against CM Arvind Kejriwal. He was freed by a Court order early morning on May 7 after a tri-state faceoff between the police authorities of Haryana, Punjab, and Delhi. On the same day, a second arrest warrant was issued against him by the Mohali Court, based on a complaint by Aam Aadmi Party leader Sunny Singh Ahluwalia.

Shortly after, the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed Bagga’s arrest and directed the police to take no coercive action against him till the next hearing on May 10. In today’s hearing, the court extended the stay order for the next two months.

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