Court rejects NIA plea seeking transfer of Jaggi Johal to Tihar jail

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MOHALI — The Special NIA Court of Additional Session Judge Ms. Anshul Berry has rejected the NIA’s plea seeking transfer of Jagtar Singh Johal (Jaggi) and other arrested Sikh youths namely Hardeep Singh Shera, Ramandeep Singh and Taljit Singh Jimmy to the Tihar jail of Delhi. Notably, quartet of them are currently being detained in the Maximum Security Jail of Nabha.

Defence Council Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, who is acting as a defence counsel for these Sikh youths, informed that the NIA Court of Judge Ms. Anshul Berry has entertained this plea on February 15 and had kept its verdict reserved for today. He added that the court today pronounced its decision of quashing NIA’s plea as there was no provision in the law to transfer an under-trial accused to another state.

Advocate Manjhpur informed that he had apprised the Court about Supreme Court’s ruling depriving government and trial courts from the authority of transferring an under-trial accused to another state.

“The prosecution lawyer couldn’t cite any legal provision backing NIA’s claim,” he said.

It is notable that NIA had procured a notification from the Indian Home Ministry to support their plea and even Punjab government led by Capt. Amarinder Singh