Property dispute: HC warns parties of causing any delays

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has extended the deadline for completing a probe into a property dispute over a house in Sector 8. Justice Surya Kant,on Thursday,gave time to Chief Judicial Magistrate up to May 15 to complete the probe which was to be completed on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 20, 2012 2:09 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has extended the deadline for completing a probe into a property dispute over a house in Sector 8. Justice Surya Kant,on Thursday,gave time to Chief Judicial Magistrate up to May 15 to complete the probe which was to be completed on Thursday.

The court has made it clear that the two parties involved in the dispute will not cause any inordinate delay. Keeping in view the “conflicting claims” from the two sides involved in a property dispute over a house in Sector 8,the High Court,last month had directed the Chandigarh Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) to hold an inquiry and submit a report within a month.

The case assumes significance since the role of first woman Station House Officer (SHO) of Chandigarh,Punam Dilawari,had come under the scanner for her alleged unfair role in the property dispute.

The directions were passed by Justice Surya Kant of the High Court after an affidavit was filed by Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh. As directed by the High Court to visit the spot personally,Singh had,last month,submitted that after visiting the house and evidence available on record,no order of the High Court has been flouted.

The petitioner,Manavjit Kaur,had alleged that the possession of the suit property was not to be delivered to anyone during the pendency of an application,which was directed to be decided within a month. An order to this effect was passed by the High Court on December 22,2011. Manavjit had alleged violation of the said order.

“After paying a personal visit,on the basis of his personal visit and having met all the sides and on the basis of whatever documents the parties have provided,the deponent to his understanding has not found any violation of the order dated December 22,2011,” SSP Naunihal had submitted in his affidavit.

Punam Dilawari had tendered an “unconditional” apology. Though never asked,Dilawari had also filed an affidavit “explaining” her side of the story. The Court,during the resumed hearing,asked why the woman SHO has filed an affidavit when she was never asked to do so.

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