HC refuses to issue notices on Punjab DGP appointment

Refusing to issue notices on its petition challenging the appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as the Punjab DGP,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday asked the petitioner.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 4, 2012 12:22:15 am

Refusing to issue notices on its petition challenging the appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as the Punjab DGP,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday asked the petitioner,an NGO,to satisfy the court regarding the “bonafides” of the public interest litigation (PIL).

On Tuesday,NGO Voices for Freedom filed a PIL through its director,Advocate Simranjit Singh,where it sought quashing of Saini’s appointment to the post of the Director General of Police.

Asking the lawyer about the “previous ventures” that the petitioner has been a part of,a division bench of the high court gave the petitioner one week to submit its reply to the court.

“Before we enter into the merits of the case,the petitioner has to satisfy regarding the bonafides of the PIL. The petitioner claimed itself to be an NGO and undertakes similar exercises in public interest.

Therefore,the petitioner is directed to place on record details of the PILs and other activities in which the petitioner is engaged,” read the order.

In its PIL,the NGO has alleged that Saini’s appointment is in direct contravention to law laid down by the Supreme Court.

Referring to a trial pending against Saini on charges of abduction with the intention to murder,the petitioner has demanded action against those officials who allegedly withheld information regarding the trial from the central government. The PIL has been adjourned till April 17.

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