The Hush Post, Chandigarh
Categorically rejecting Canada’s NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s allegations of torture of British national Jagtar Singh Johal, arrested in the targeted killings cases, the Punjab police has said that due process of law was followed at every stage, with the accused allowed access to his counsel and family members, as also a team from the UK High Commission. Not only did it have sufficient evidence to prove the complicity of Jagtar alias Jaggi in the cases of targeted killings, the police had also ensured that there was no violation of his rights at any stage, a police spokesperson said here on Sunday, trashing allegations of a frame-up and torture.
Besides being allowed to talk to his family members after his arrest, Jaggi was produced before a Judicial Magistrate within 24 hours of his arrest as laid down under the Criminal Procedure Code. The British High Commission was duly informed about the arrest of Jaggi, whose medical examination was also conducted as required under the procedure, said the spokesperson. The British Deputy High Commissioner in Chandigarh was in touch with DGP Punjab on the issue, said the spokesperson, adding that the envoy did not question the arrest of Jaggi, who has been found by the police to be a staunch supporter of terrorist activities in Punjab.
The spokesperson added the there was a huge pile of evidence against Jaggi, who had been produced before the court several times and taken on police remand as per the court’s orders, before he was sent on judicial remand to Faridkot Jail on November 17. Jaggi’s medical examination has also been conducted regularly since his arrest from Dakoha Fatak Jalandhar on November 4, 2017, said the spokesperson, adding that his family members and relatives were allowed to meet him. Further, on November 15, Jagpreet Singh Chaddha, a lawyer, met Jagtar Singh Jaggi between 8.00.to 9.00 PM and the next day, a team of UK High Commission New Delhi, comprising Margaret Partridge and Amit Kotecha, consular officers, met Jagtar Singh @ Jaggi.