By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 26, 2021 11:55:01 am
Nodeep Kaur (23), a Dalit labour activist, was arrested in January. (Express Photo)
Labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday in an attempt to murder case and is likely to be released. She was arrested on January 12. Along with the bail plea, the court had also taken suo motu cognisance of her alleged illegal detention.
Kaur, 24, is charged in three cases, including attempt to murder and extortion. She has already been granted bail in the other two cases.
In her bail plea, Kaur, a member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, had claimed she was physically assaulted in police as well as judicial custody after her arrest by the Sonipat police in January. She also claimed her medical examination was not conducted, in violation of Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Kaur is lodged in Karnal jail in Haryana.
In court, the Haryana Police had denied the allegations, saying Kaur had not raised any such matter either in front of the medical officer or the chief judicial magistrate (CJM). The police also submitted that Kaur had made a “proactive speech” stating they would “attack police”, before her arrest.
Justice Avneesh Jhingan had on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on the bail plea to today after the Haryana Police failed to submit a medical report to the court. “She (Kaur) was medically examined but the said report has not been placed on record by the State, rather only a medico-legal report under Section 54 CrPC is placed on record,” Justice Avneesh Jhingan said.
Nodeep’s sister Rajvir had earlier told The Indian Express: “Nodeep joined the (farmers’) protest at Singhu in November. She was also fighting for labourers who didn’t get wages regularly. On January 12, she was protesting near a factory in Kundli when police picked her up… I met her and she told me cops assaulted her in custody.”
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