Journalist Baltej Pannu granted bail in India
A fixture on GTA radio and televisions, his colleagues hope Baltej Pannu can soon return to the airwaves.
Punjabi-Canadian journalist Baltej Pannu could soon be free from jail after an Indian high court approved his bail application on Wednesday, according to his family.
Pannu, a former Brampton resident who still appears regularly on GTA radio and television, was arrested in Punjab in late November on charges of rape, cheating, and intimidation.
Supporters are adamant the charges against Pannu — a journalist, social activist and political satirist — are politically motivated.
“He was confident that he would get bail from the high court and he was confident in the judicial system of India,” his son Jasdeep Pannu told the Star from Surrey, B.C.
Jasdeep has not been in touch with his father since he was arrested, but said his mother, who lives in Punjab, has visited her husband regularly in jail.
The couple have lived together there for the last five years, reuniting after Pannu spent 25 years living in Canada.
She reports her husband is in good health and “very strong morally,” Jasdeep said.
He’s looking forward to a chance to speak with his father after months of being cut off.
“I have a lot of things to say and words are gong to be left,” he said. “When you talk to a person twice a day, and then you suddenly can’t talk to them for 67 days it’s a weird feeling.”