Chandigarh: Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur, who was arrested on January 12 from a labourers’ protest at Kundli border point, was today granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana supreme court in an effort to murder case. She has been lodged during a Karnal jail in Haryana. Ms Kaur had accused the police of sexual abuse under custody, but the allegation was denied by authorities.
The court will consider separately her allegation of illegal confinement by the police, her advocate Harinder Deep Singh Bains told media persons today following the writ . it’ll also check out her medical records at a special date, he said.
“The court has said that there was nothing on record with regards to section 360. Therefore the supreme court has ordered bail for Ms Kaur,” Mr Bains said. “It is with a restraint that no law and order situation be created. that’s the sole restriction.”
The court of Justice Avneesh Jhingan didn’t discuss the video produced during a pen drive by the prosecution. Citing precedent, it said whether the skinny line circumscribing the proper to peaceful protest was crossed by the bail applicant was a matter of trial. It also dubbed as “debatable” the fabric placed on record before the court by the police to invoke various sections of the CrPC against Ms Kaur.
“The petitioner is in custody since 12.01.2021. Albeit the matter is under investigation but that itself wouldn’t be sufficient ground to deny personal liberty to the petitioner,” the court said.
Ms Kaur was arrested over a labour protest demanding higher wages, which coincided with the continued farmers’ agitation against three new central laws and was also in solidarity with it. The Kundli border point between Delhi and Haryana is among the various where the protesting farmers have camped up over the past many months.
Following arrest, the Muktsar native faced a slew of charges: murder, extortion, theft, rioting, unlawful assembly, extortion, and criminal intimidation. She was later granted bail in two cases of extortion and criminal intimidation.
On Wednesday, the court had adjourned her case upon finding that each one her medical reports had not been placed on record by the state. The court had earlier registered a suo motu case over her “illegal confinement”.