New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a midnight hearing, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has barred the Punjab police from arresting Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga after the BJP leader challenged the arrest warrant issued by a Mohali court earlier on Saturday.

Justice Anoop Chitkara took up Bagga's petition in an urgent late-night hearing at his residence.

"No coercive steps till May 10," said Bagga's counsel Chetan Mittal on the HC order.
He said that the court stayed the arrest warrant. The hearing took place for around 45 minutes, added Mittal.

Earlier in the day, the court of Judicial Magistrate Ravtesh Inderjit Singh issued the arrest warrant against Bagga in connection with a case registered last month.

The Punjab Police had booked Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga on the charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation. The case was registered on a complaint of AAP leader Sunny Ahluwalia, a resident of Mohali.

The FIR registered on April 1 referred to Bagga's remarks on March 30, when he was part of a BJP youth wing protest outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Bagga was booked under relevant sections, including 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place etc), 505 (whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report) and 506 (criminal intimidation), of the Indian Penal Code.

Bagga was arrested by the Punjab Police from his Delhi home on Friday, stopped in Haryana while being taken to Punjab and brought back to the national capital by Delhi Police hours later.

After reaching home, several leaders including BJP MP & BJYM chief Tejasvi Surya visited Bagga to show his support. Bagga vowed to continue his fight against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal until he apologizes. The opposition has accused Kejriwal of misusing the Punjab police for his political agenda. The BJP workers have also announced that they will protest outside the Aam Aadmi Party supremo's residence over Bagga's arrest.

National Commission for Minorities writes to Punjab Chief Secy over turban row:

National Commission for Minorities wrote a letter to Punjab Chief Secy over alleged reports that "TS Bagga was allegedly not allowed to wear his turban during his arrest by Punjab police y'day," & requested to submit a factual report on the alleged incident within 7 days.

Kidnapping case filed aginst Punjab cops

The Delhi police on Friday filed a kidnapping case against Punjab cops, who arrested Tajinder Singh Bagga from his residence in Janakpuri and claimed that they followed all due process. The Delhi police, meanwhile, claimed that the Punjab Police team did not inform the local police before arresting Bagga and forcefully took him. The case was filed on the complaint of Tajinder Singh Bagga's father Preet Singh who complained that some people came to his house in the morning and took away his son.

Posted By: Sugandha Jha