No support system for Justice Kuldip panel,Punjab gets court rap

It's over three months since the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Punjab government to provide adequate infrastructure and office for the judicial tribunal to begin its probe against the properties owned by higher- ups in the city’s periphery.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 5, 2012 12:47 am

It’s over three months since the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Punjab government to provide adequate infrastructure and office for the judicial tribunal to begin its probe against the properties owned by higher- ups in the city’s periphery.

Despite the clear-cut directions and repeated strictures,the Punjab government is yet to provide complete infrastructure to the panel headed by former Supreme Court Judge,Justice (retd) Kuldip Singh. Peeved,a division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh on Tuesday asked the Punjab law officer “how many years do you require to provide facilities to the panel?”

The Punjab government had moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s order. However,the apex court had refused to stay the High Court judgment giving the go-ahead to the judicial tribunal to probe the properties illegally owned by several high-ups in the periphery and other areas of Punjab.

The Punjab law officer informed the High Court that a car had been provided to the tribunal. The High Court has set a week’s deadline for the Punjab government to provide complete infrastructure to the tribunal. The Punjab law officer submitted that it was looking for a building in Sector 17 and its vicinity.

On May 30,the High Court had set up a three-member judicial tribunal to investigate the properties owned by high- ups and other persons.

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