Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal was acquitted today in a 10-year-old criminal case.
The court of Satish Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, First Class (JMIC), Faridkot, acquitted the Deputy Chief Minister, giving him the benefit of doubt as the complainant in the case, Naresh Kumar Sehgal, failed to give substantial evidence to probe the crime of the accused, Sukhbir Badal reported The Tribune.
A case against Sukhbir Badal was registered at Kotkapura police station, Faridkot, on June 30, 2006, on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after Sehgal approached the court, accusing Sukhbir Badal and some of his associates of making a murderous attack on him in 1999 during electioneering for parliamentary elections in Kotkapura. Sukhbir Badal was contesting the election for Faridkot Lok Sabha seat.
However, the High Court had stayed the proceedings in this criminal case against Sukhbir Badal in September 2008. After Naresh Sehgal challenged this stay on December 21, 2015, the High Court vacated the stay and the proceedings were resumed in the Faridkot court in January 2016.
In the last six years, Naresh Sehgal had filed five writ petitions in the HC, seeking protection to his life and liberty after the SAD came to power in 2007. Sehgal alleged that he was getting threats to withdraw the case against Sukhbir Badal.