August 13, 2016 5:01:53 am
Refusing personal appearance in the court to Jagtar Singh Tara, accused in assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh as well as in Burail jailbreak case of 2004, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday appointed senior advocate J S Bedi as his legal aid counsel.
The court also asked the Chandigarh Administration to file its reply on the next hearing whether Tara’s application seeking telephone facility in the jail was rejected by the Chandigarh Police earlier.
Appearing for the administration, advocate Gautam Dutt had opposed Tara’s personal appearance in the court on the grounds that he was a high-security prisoner and should not be brought out of the jail.
The development took place during the resumed hearing of a petition moved by the superintendent of Burail model jail, challenging the order passed by the Chandigarh Additional Sessions Judge on January 6.
The order has been challenged to the extent that accused Tara has been allowed to have consultation with his co-accused, separately or jointly, and has been allowed to call his family members on the mobile phone, which is claimed to be his house phone for the purpose of preparing his defence.
The case has now been adjourned for September 2.
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