Faridkot (Punjab): A local court on Monday deferred hearing of a 13-year-old criminal case against Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal till June 9.

The petitioner Naresh Shehgal filed two petitions in the court pleading for action against the deputy Chief Minister for his foreign visit without seeking permission from the court.

Paramjit Singh Barad and SS Kaler, counsels of Badal, told the court that the case had been stayed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and therefore, no petitions can be entertained in this case.

He further informed the court that over dozens of writ petitions in the case is due for hearing in High Court on May 30. 

During 1999 Lok Sabha elections, journalist Naresh Shehgal had accused Badal of misbehaving and attacking him during the poll campaign. Seven years later, following the direction of the High Court, Kotakpura police had lodged a criminal case in this regard against Badal.


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