Punjab & Haryana High Court admonishes Judge and orders examination of his conduct.

“God have mercy on the litigants that appear in his court,” the Punjab & Haryana HC asserted while admonishing a judge belonging to subordinate judiciary. The High Court also directed its Registrar-General to get his conduct examined on the administrative side & never to post him in a “Family Court” again as he appeared to lack “judicial temperament & the desired approach”.

Describing his orders as terrifying & nasty, the Bench added it was notorious in its unlawful consequences.

The damning judicial indictment came on a petition filed by an ex-husband challenging two orders dated Oct 4, 2019, & Nov 29, 2019, passed by the Ludhiana Additional Principal Judge, Family Court, vide which warrants of imprisonment were issued in execution proceedings for recovery of maintenance.

The court was told a notice wasn’t served on the petitioner, yet warrants of imprisonment were issued twice. “Had he not approached this court, he would have been called an ex-jailbird,” Justice Raina said.

The Bench said the “Family Court” acting under the Hindu Marriage Act wasn’t exercising the powers of a Magistrate, who under Section 125 (3), CrPC, could order imprisonment for a month in default of payment of maintenance. “The question of putting the defaulter in prison, to be sent in the proverbial handcuffs, doesn’t arise in the present proceedings in enforcement of arrears of maintenance by the ex-wife.”

Justice Raina made it clear no man could be proceeded against & sent to the civil jail straightaway for recovery of debt without due service of notice & show cause.

Punjab & Haryana High Court gives Police two days to take Necessary Action Case of Assault on a Lawyer.

The District Bar Association (DBA) today continued its dharna on Ferozepur Road near the DC office to press for their demand for registration of an First Information Report (FIR) against STF in-charge Harbans Singh & his dismissal from the service on the accusations of beating a city-based lawyer, Varun Gupta.

Meanwhile, Justice Lisa Gill of the Punjab & Haryana HC, while hearing the writ petition moved by Varun Gupta, has asked the state to take necessary action as per law. The HC has sought the status report & adjourned the matter till Mar 5.

“At this stage, Sh Jaskaran Singh, Inspector-General of Police, Range Ludhiana, informs that as per the information received by him, respondent no: 6 (STF in-charge Harbans Singh), shall be transferred from his present place of posting at Ludhiana,” says the High Court order.

“Needless to say, it is expected that necessary action in accordance with law shall be taken by the authorities,” observed the HC.

A battery of lawyers, including Bar Council member from city Harish Rai Dhanda, Harpreet Brar & Jaiveer Yadav, HC Bar Association president DPS Randhawa, asserted that as per the landmark judgment of Lalit Jain, the police were bound to register an First Information Report (FIR) first & then investigate any cognisable offence. Dhanda claimed in the court that the police was under the immense pressure of STF state chief, & not taking any action.

Talking to News Agency, Dhanda said they also highlighted one First Information Report (FIR) registered under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code at the Basti Jodhewal police station, which was pending before the Illaqa Magistrate for consideration on the cancellation report, in which STF in-charge Harbans Singh was facing serious accusations. He said in two other matters involving the same police officer, the HC had passed directions but the same were also not complied with seriously.

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Khanna SSP Harpreet Singh & DSP STF Pawanjit were also present during the court hearing. They apprised the court that the matter was being enquired into by SIT.

Meanwhile, there was no working in the courts as the lawyers continued their strike.

DBA general house meeting today Divulging more details, DBA vice-president Rajinder Pal Singh Babbar & secretary Sham Ahuja claimed that the police faced the heat during court proceedings & they were hopeful of action against the erring officer. They said that a meeting of general house has been called for Mar 4 at 10.15 am for chalking out the future course of action in view of latest developments in the HC.

Ryan School trustees move Punjab & Haryana HC for anticipatory bail

Ryan School trustees move Punjab & Haryana HC for anticipatory bail
Ryan School trustees move Punjab & Haryana HC for anticipatory bail

The trustees of Ryan International School today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case related to the killing of a seven-year-old boy in its Gurugram branch.

The school owners – founder Augustine Francis Pinto, MD Grace Pinto and CEO Ryan Pinto — are based in Mumbai and had earlier approached the Bombay High Court seeking pre-arrest bail till they could move the court concerned in Haryana.

However, the Bombay HC had on Thurday rejected their bail plea.

“An anticipatory bail plea was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court registry today,” their counsel Arshdeep Singh Cheema said.

He said the registry raised certain objections and that they will file a fresh bail plea on Monday.

Meanwhile, the northern zone head of Ryan International Group, Francis Thomas, who was arrested by the Haryana Police in the case, today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking regular bail.

“A regular bail plea was filed in the HC today,” Thomas’ counsel Jasjit Singh Bedi said, adding the matter will come up before the court next week.

Thomas along with the school’s HR Head, Jeyus Thomas, were arrested by Gurugram police on Sunday night.

The boy was found dead with his throat slit inside a toilet of the school on September 8. Ashok Kumar, one of the school’s bus conductors, was arrested in connection with the crime.

( Source – PTI )