New Delhi, July 11: The Supreme Court has refused to entertain Punjab BJP leader Jagjit Singh's plea seeking the transfer of the Sidhu Moosewala murder case to the CBI.
A bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and Abhay S. Oka on Monday remarked that such matters should not be given any political colour and they don't appreciate such practice. However, the top Court further stated that the court has to work openly for all the people.
Meanwhile, the apex court adjourned the hearing on another plea of accused Lawrence Bishnoi's father challenging the transit remand to Punjab police and asked the Punjab state to file a reply on the plea. The matter will be heard on July 18.
Senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhri represented the father of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and senior advocate AM Singhvi appeared for Punjab.
The Patiala House Court of Delhi on June 14 allowed Punjab Police to arrest Bishnoi in connection with the killing of singer Sidhu Moosewala and also allowed Punjab Police transit application. The court further directed Punjab Police to ensure that the medical examination of the accused be conducted in accordance with law/rules before leaving Delhi and also before his production before the concerned Court of CJM, Mansa, Punjab.
While allowing Punjab Police applications, the Delhi court had earlier said, "The applicant Investigation Officer/SP Dharamveer Singh and the investigating agency were directed to take all the appropriate measures for safety and security of the accused Lawrence Bishnoi during transit till the production of the accused Lawrence Bishnoi before the concerned Court at Mansa, Punjab."
According to the petition filed by Punjab Police in the city court, gangster Lawrence Bishnoi is a key conspirator in the murder of singer Sidhu Moosewala. Punjab Police also submitted that during the probe of the Sidhu Moosewala murder case, the confession statements of the arrested accused were recorded wherein it was clearly pointed out that Lawrence Bishnoi had tasked the co-accused to carry out the "planned killing of Sidhu Moosewala.