SC: Won’t shift sacrilege cases outside Punjab

The Supreme Court today refused to shift the 2015 Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege case trial to another state, saying “no credible case for its transfer to alternative venues outside Punjab was made out.”

A Bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy, however, said the state of Punjab “must ensure safe conduct of the proceedings and provide adequate security to the petitioner.”

Accused Jatinderveer Arora and others — members of Dera Sacha Sauda — had sought the transfer of the cases, pending in Bathinda, Moga and Faridkot courts, contending they were facing bias and were unlikely to get a fair trial. — TNS

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