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LE Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 23, 2021: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to grant bail to a habitual offender, who is involved in 30 criminal cases, for the fourth time in a row.

As per the Punjab police, as many as 55 stolen vehicles were recovered from the petitioner while more recovery is pending.

The accused Parveen Kumar sought bail in the pending trial in a criminal case arising from an FIR registered on April 1, 2019 under Section 379 IPC (theft) and later on sections 411, 467, 468, 471, 473, 420 IPC at Police Station Kotwali Patiala, in Punjab’s Patiala district.

During the arguments on the third petition of the accused, the counsel for the State of Punjab, on instructions from ASI Suba Singh, had submitted that as many as 55 stolen vehicles were recovered from the petitioner and he is a habitual offender involved in multiple cases.

Keeping in view the aforesaid facts, the HC then stated that petitioner does not deserve to be granted the concession of bail.

In the hearing of the present petition, the counsel for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner continues to be in custody for over two years and the trial is slow as the prosecution intends to examine 101 witnesses.

On the other hand, counsel for the State pointed out that the petitioner does not deserve leniency as he was involved in as many as 30 such criminal cases.

Deciding the matter, the bench of Justice Anil Ksheterpal stated that keeping in view the aforesaid facts, the High Court does not find it to be a fit case for grant of regular bail.

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