Moga, May 27 (UNI) A local court today stayed the arrest of Moga Congress MLA Joginder Pal Jain and nine others, including injured Sarpanch Harnek Singh, against whom a case of attempt to murder and arms act was registered by Mehna police of Moga district yesterday.
The defence council Shiv Charan Singh pleaded in the court of additional sessions Judge B S Sandhu that a case was registered due to ''political vendetta'' and all of them were falsely accused in the case.
The Court, after hearing the arguments, stayed the arrest of Joginderpal Jain and nine others up to July 17.
The case was registered by the police on the complaint of one Guriqbal Singh alleging that Jain and his supporters fired upon the Akali Dal activists during the polling yesterday at Rammonwal Kalan.
Congress supporters and sarpanch Harnek Singh who was today referred by the Moga Hospital authorities to Ludhiana hospital, told media before being shifted that he was hit with bullet injuries when he objected to the polling of bogus votes.
Meanwhile, the Congress MLA, in a statement here alleged that when he reached in the village on getting the complaints from partymen that Akali Dal activists were indulging in booth capturing, his vehicle was attacked with stones and even shots were fired in which the sarpanch and others were injured.
He said he had immediately brought all these facts to the notice of the DSP on duty, but he did not respond.
The Congress MLA said that he had sent his complaint with all the facts through fax late last evening to Chief Justice Punjab and Haryana High Court, DGP Punjab, Elections Comission Punjab, Elections observer for the district, the DC and SSP Moga and DIG police Ferozepur Range demanding a thorough probe.
Meanwhile, Punjab Pradesh Congress President and leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal strongly criticised the role of Moga police for ''falsely implicating Congress MLA in the attempt to murder case''.
She said that she had convened a meeting of the state executive and MLAS at Chandigarh where the issue would also be taken up.
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