The Delhi high court dismissed on Tuesday the transit anticipatory bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, the absconding aide of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Earlier, Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, after hearing arguments on behalf of Honeypreet and the police of Delhi and Haryana, said, “the easiest way out for you would be to surrender”.
On Tuesday, police from Panchkula raided a Dera property in south Delhi, but failed to find her at the location.
Deputy commissioner of police (south east) Romil Baaniya said, “Raids were conducted today (Tuesday) morning at A-9 Greater Kailash with arrest warrant against Honeypreet. Later, it was confirmed that she was not sighted here in the recent past nor she is staying here currently.”
The raid was conducted as Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet Insan’s lawyer claimed that she had visited his office in Delhi on Monday to sign the anticipatory bail application.
Honeypreet, in her mid-30s, is on the run since August 25, hours after Ram Rahim was convicted of raping two women followers.
She has been the closest aide of Ram Rahim since 2009. Police are on her trail for nearly a month and raids have been conducted in Nepal, Rajasthan, Bihar and Haryana.
Honeypreet is facing charges of sedition and tops the list of 43 people wanted by Haryana Police in connection with the violence that followed Ram Rahim’s conviction.
Ram Rahim was convicted by the special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25, following which violence and arson erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa districts of Haryana which claimed 41 lives and left many injured.
The Delhi high court asked Honeypreet’s counsel to satisfy it as to how its territorial jurisdiction can be invoked and said it would take care of her rights only after that.
Transit anticipatory bail application is meant to seek protection against arrest during her transit from Delhi to Haryana for joining the probe.
Honeypreet’s advocate sought the relief saying she was a woman who was not running away and was ready to join the probe if protected by the court.
The plea was opposed by the counsel for Delhi and Haryana police who said it was “a ploy to do ‘forum shopping’” and, by giving a wrong address of a Delhi property, she was “hoodwinking” the court.
As carried in HT on 28/9/2017