SAS Nagar (Mohali), Oct 5 (UNI) A CBI court here on Saturday upheld Punjab’s right to the closure report in the Bargari sacrilege cases, finding “sufficient reason” to its satisfaction to supply a certified copy of the report, along with all the attached documents, to the state.
CBI Special Judge Nirbhow Singh allowed the revision petition filed by the state government against the July 23 order passed by a Special Judicial Magistrate, who had dismissed Punjab’s application for supply of closure report.
The judge directed the Special Magistrate to supply the documents to Punjab, according to Advocate General Atul Nanda, who had constituted a team of two special public prosecutors to argue the revision petition.
Accepting the State’s contention that it was entitled to copies of the closure report and attached documents, the court noted that as per the relevant Sections of the Punjab Civil and Criminal Courts Preparation and Supply of Copies of Record Rules, 1965, “the party to a criminal case is entitled to copy of challan and similarly even a stranger to a criminal case is entitled for the same in case sufficient reason is shown to the satisfaction of the Court.”
The judge also noted: “It is not the case of CBI that the closure report or the documents attached thereto are confidential or classified documents and neither any application was filed before the trial Court under Section 173(6) Cr.P.C. for not giving any part of documents to the complainant or the accused of the case being against the public interest.
“As per Rule 3(2), even a stranger is entitled for copy of the challan in case sufficient reason is shown to the satisfaction of the Court... In view of the facts, the status of the State of Punjab in any case is better than that of a stranger.” (UNI)