CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Special Investigation Team probing the enforced disappearance case of Sikh youth Balwant Singh Multani has issued a notice to the former DGP Punjab Sumedh Saini for joining the investigation tomorrow. Saini has been asked to appear before the SIT in Mataur police station at 11 am.
Sources have informed that the Special Investigation Team has got a notice posted outside Sumedh Saini’s Chandigarh based residence. In this notice, he has been instructed to join the investigation of Balwant Singh Multani’s abduction and murder case.
It is pertinent to note here that Sumedh Saini is facing murder charges in Balwant Singh Multani’s enforced disappearance case but he had secured anticipatory bail in this case from the Supreme Court.
Sikh youth Balwant Singh, who was the son of an IAS officer and a junior engineer by profession, was abducted and brutally murdered by the Sumedh Saini led police party in December-1991. His mortal remains were disposed off leaving no sign behind and he was shown absconding from the Qadian police station.
In 1991, the Chandigarh police had abducted Balwant Singh Multani from his Mohali based residence immediately after an attack on Sumedh Saini in Chandigarh. Four cops deployed in the security of Saini were killed in this attack, while he survived the attack.
After abducting Balwant Singh Multani, the cops had committed inhuman torture on him at the behest of Sumedh Saini.
“During the night of December 13, 1991, the cops of Sector-17 police station produced Balwant Singh Multani before Sumedh Saini. He was tortured so cruelly that he was left unable to stand. When he fell down, Sumedh Saini kicked him so cruelly that his eye came out. Next morning, he was lying unconscious in a pool of blood. Saini came and ordered the cops to put him inside a vehicle and they took him along with them,” an eyewitness Gursharan Kaur Mann had revealed in May this year.
In 2007, the Punjab & Haryana High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into this case. The CBI had found enough evidence against Sumedh Saini after which an FIR was registered against him, along with three other cops namely SP (Operations) Baldev Singh Saini, SI Harsahai Sharma, and Jagir Singh on July 4, 2008.
Later, this FIR was quashed by the Supreme Court of India after Saini challenged CBI inquiry and the High Court’s decision.
On May 6, the Mohali police had registered a fresh FIR on the complaint of victim Balwant Singh Multani’s brother Palwinder Singh Multani against Sumedh Saini, SP (Operations) Baldev Singh Saini, SI Harsahai Sharma, SI Jagir Singh, SI Savir Singh, SI Anoop Singh, Kuldeep Singh and other unknown police cops.