Delhi High Court has rejected the bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, foster daughter of jailed Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is facing charges of sedition and inciting violence.
The Delhi High Court has rejected the bail plea of Honeypreet Insan , foster daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Honeypreet is facing charges of sedition and inciting violence after the conviction of the godman in twin rape cases.
The court said she was not entitled to any “discretionary relief” as she has been evading arrest since the violence that had erupted after the conviction of the Dera chief on August 25, claiming 41 lives and leaving scores injured.
Her lawyer Pradeep Kumar Arya, while responding to the HC order, said, “We are examining the order. We will see what can be done.”
Earlier today, Arya filed an application for a three-week transit anticipatory bail for Honeypreet in the Delhi High Court. The high court had reserved the order on the bail plea of the 37-year-old woman after hearing the arguments of her counsel and those of the Delhi and Haryana Police.
The High Court questioned on what grounds Honeypreet was filing the anticipatory bail before it, even though she was a permanent resident of Haryana.
The court asked the counsel for Honeypreet, who claims to be the adopted daughter of Ram Rahim, to show any document that a property in Delhi belonged to her or anyone connected to her.
‘SURRENDER EASIEST WAY OUT FOR YOU’
“The easiest way out is that you surrender”, Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said, while asking why the 36-year-old woman was seeking transit anticipatory bail for three weeks.
Justice Sehgal said the application of Honeypreet, alleged accomplice and adopted daughter of Ram Rahim, was “not bonafide and has been filed with a view to gain time” and delay the proceedings going on in a Panchkula court in Haryana.
The court noted that Honeypreet, who has been on the run since the conviction of Ram Rahim, has remained non-committal in joining the probe or surrendering. Her plea for protection to enable her to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the relief was “without merit”.
Despite a lookout notice against her, the efforts of the police to apprehend her have not yielded results, it said.
The judge also observed that the grant of anticipatory bail was a judicial discretion which had to be exercised on circumspection, and the court had to satisfy that the bail application has been made on bonafide grounds and there is no manipulation and manoeuvering on the part of the applicant for artificially creating jurisdiction for the court.
Further, the court said, whenever an application for anticipatory bail is made before a court, where an FIR has been lodged elsewhere that is out of the territorial jurisdiction, the court is duty-bound to consider whether the applicant is a regular or bonafide resident of a place within the local limits of that court and is “not a camouflage to evade the process of law.”
“Noticing the above and keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case that the applicant till now has evaded arrest, discretionary relief should not be granted to the applicant.
“It appears that the application is not bonafide and has been filed with a view to gain time. The prayer of the counsel for the applicant that protection be granted to him so that he may approach the High Court of Punjab and Haryana is without merit as the applicant had the liberty to avail the remedy before the competent court,” the judge said while dismissing the plea.
HONEYPREET TOPS ‘WANTED’ LIST OF HARYANA POLICE
Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet tops the list of 43 people wanted by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that had followed Ram Rahim’s conviction in the rape cases.
Ram Rahim was convicted by a special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25, following which violence broke out in Haryana’s Panchkula and Sirsa districts that claimed 41 lives and left many others injured.
The court asked Honeypreet’s counsel to convince it as to how its territorial jurisdiction could be invoked and said it would take care of her rights only after that.
“First you come on jurisdiction. Why has the plea been moved here? You surrender in Delhi and we will take care”, the judge said.
WHAT IS A TRANSIT ANTICIPATORY BAIL?
Transit anticipatory bail application is meant to seek protection against arrest. Honeypreet had sought protection from arrest during her transit from Delhi to Haryana to join the investigation in the sedition case.
Honeypreet’s advocate sought the relief saying she was a lady, who was not running away and was ready to join the investigation if protected by this court.
“It is to humiliate me. I am not required for custodial interrogation. If I am given protection from here, I will move the Panchkula court or the Punjab and Haryana High Court for anticipatory bail. I am not even named in the FIR. What kind of sedition charges can be there against me”, advocate Arya, who represented Honeypreet, said.
He said Honeypreet was apprehending arrest in Delhi and the police had raided her house here on Tuesday morning.
The plea was vehemently opposed by the counsel for Delhi and Haryana Police, who said it was “a ploy to do ‘forum shopping'” and, by giving a wrong address of a Delhi property, she was “hoodwinking” the court.