A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul mentioned: “Wonder what will happen to a common man. Matter has become curiouser and curiouser…first the home minister and then the police commissioner…”
Senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Singh, instructed the highest court docket that his consumer could be very a lot within the nation and added that the second his consumer touches Maharashtra, there’s menace to his life.
The bench instructed the lawyer that “if you say your client faces threat to life from the Mumbai Police, then what is the hope for other people.” Bali submitted that FIRs in opposition to his consumer had been lodged by bookies, extortionists, and so on., in opposition to whom he had taken motion.
Bali urged the highest court docket to permit Singh to seem earlier than any officer of the court docket of the CBI. He emphasised that his consumer is in India, however apprehends motion can be taken by the Maharashtra authorities in opposition to him, and the prayer earlier than the Bombay High Court was to direct the matter to CBI.
After listening to detailed arguments, the highest court docket mentioned the one query to be examined is that the CBI is already wanting into the matter and will the opposite features be entrusted to the CBI.
The bench added that the stand of the CBI and state authorities just isn’t recognized, because the petition was determined preliminarily. “Notice issued to respondents, returnable on December 6…the petitioner shall join the investigation, but shall not be arrested,” mentioned the highest court docket.
On November 18, the Supreme Court requested Singh’s counsel to disclose which a part of the world or the nation he’s in, and with out these particulars, the court docket wouldn’t entertain his plea in search of protection.
The high court docket had instructed Bali, representing Singh, “where are you… within the country or outside. First, I want to know where are you.” Bali replied that his consumer’s whereabouts can be recognized to the counsel-on-document.
Justice Kaul sought a response from the counsel-on document, who replied that he’s not privy to Singh’s present location. Bali submitted, “If I am allowed to breathe. I may come out of the hole…” Dissatisfied with the reply, the bench had mentioned that such actions lead to insecurity within the system, “you have not joined the investigation, no one knows where are you.” The high court docket had directed Singh’s counsel to disclose his location on Monday.