The Uttarakhand High Court has stayed the arrest of former Director General of Police BS Sidhu, accused of encroaching on government land and cutting trees. A case has been registered against BS Sidhu in Dehradun’s Rajpur police station for encroaching on government land and cutting trees.
In this case, BS Sidhu has filed a petition in the High Court saying that there was a case against him in 2013 on the same charge, which is under consideration and a case has been registered again in the same case. As per rules, two cases cannot be filed for one charge. He has demanded quashing of the FIR registered against him on 23 October. A case is registered against him under IPC sections 166, 167, 419, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120B etc.
A single bench of senior high court Justice Sanjay Mishra, after hearing the case, stayed the arrest of BS Sidhu and asked him to cooperate in the investigation. Along with this, the government has been asked to clarify the situation on filing a case twice in one charge. The date of November 16 has been fixed for the next hearing of the matter. On behalf of BS Sidhu, senior advocate Avtar Singh Rawat and Prashanna Karnataka argued the case in the High Court.