After evading authorities for almost two years, BSP MLA Ram Bai Singh’s husband Govind Singh was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police early on Sunday morning from a bus stand in Bhind.
Govind Singh is an accused in the murder of Congress chief Devendra Chaurasia on March 15, 2019, in Hata city of Damoh district and has been evading arrest since an FIR was registered in the case.
According to additonal DG Vipin Wankhede, groups of the Special Task Force (STF) have been stationed exterior bus and railway stations primarily based on inputs that Govind Singh can be making an attempt to enter the state via Gwalior or Bhind from Delhi’s Paharganj space. “Soon after he was spotted at the bus stand [in Bhind] by a team at around 6 am, his identify was ascertained and he was arrested,” stated Wankhede.
Soon after the arrest, Govind Singh was despatched to Damoh the place he was produced earlier than the courtroom and despatched to police custody for 2 days.
At least 20 police groups have been deployed at varied areas to hint Govind Singh’s whereabouts after a Supreme Court bench of justices DY Chandrachud and M R Shah, earlier this month, got here down closely on the Madhya Pradesh police and directed the Director General of Police (DGP) to arrest Govind Singh and report compliance via a private affidavit in the courtroom. The bench had famous that “the rule of law must be preserved”. The prime courtroom was listening to pleas by Somesh, Chaurasia’s son, and the state authorities, in search of cancellation of the bail granted to Govind Singh.
The curt had additionally taken severe word of the alleged harassment of a judicial officer by the Damoh Superintendent of Police. The further classes choose, who’s conducting the trial in instances involving Govind Singh had famous in a February 8 order that he’s being pressured by the Damoh SP and his subordinates.
“We have taken serious note of the manner in which the Additional Sessions Judge, Hata, who is in charge of the criminal case, has been harassed by the law enforcement machinery in Damoh,” the prime courtroom had noticed. It had requested the DGP to enquiry into the allegations
Subsequently, particular groups of the STF headed by Wankhede have been despatched to Damoh and a reward of Rs 30,000 was introduced for info that may result in Govind Singh’s arrest. It was additional elevated to Rs 50,000 two days later. However, the groups needed to return empty-handed after about two weeks.
The DGP had then filed an affidavit in the SC stating that regardless of its finest efforts, the police weren’t in a position to arrest Govind Singh. The SC bench, on the DGP’s affidavit had then warned the MP police to both adjust to its order, or face motion. “We find the affidavit of the DGP to be completely unacceptable. It defies reason as to how an accused, who is the husband of a sitting MLA, has not been arrested despite being arraigned in pursuance of the provision of section 319 of Cr PC to face trial for an offence under IPC section 302,” the bench had noticed on March 26.
Speaking to Express, Vipin Wankhede stated, (*2*)
Following Govind Singh’s arrest, MLA Ram Bai launched movies from his social media profiles stating that her husband had willingly surrendered to the police.