Faridkot: As per media reports the district and sessions court ordered Ex deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal to appear on March 15.
The court ordered Badal to appear in a case of poll violence registered against him by a journalist in June 2006.
The court of judicial magistrate (first class) had acquitted Badal in the case on April 2, 2016, as the prosecution failed to prove the charges framed under Sections 392 IPC (robbery) and 323 IPC (voluntarily causing hurt), among others.
However, an appeal against acquittal was filed by complainant Naresh Kumar Sehgal, a Kotkapura journalist, who had alleged that Sukhbir had allegedly snatched his camera and slapped him.
The alleged poll violence took place at Kotkapura on May 9, 1999, when Sukhbir had contested the parliamentary elections from Faridkot. However, the case against Sukhbir and others was registered by the Kotkapura police on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2006 after Sehgal had approached the court, notes a report published in an English vernacular.
Badal’s Counsel Shivkartar Singh Sekhon said judge Satwinder Singh Chahal has ordered his client to be present in the court on March 15.