Was Sirsa dera sanitisation a post-mortem? HC seeks report from Haryana govt

The Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the the Haryana government to submit a transparent report on whether any movable asset was allowed to be removed from the Dera Sacha Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Chnadigarh | Published: September 28, 2017 12:44 am
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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday asked the the Haryana government to submit a transparent report on whether any movable asset was allowed to be removed from the Dera Sacha Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa after the Court Commissioner, who had led the sanitisation process of the dera, said it was only a “post-mortem” as not much was found inside the dera.

The full bench of Justice Surya Kant, Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Avneesh Jhingan asked the Haryana Advocate General to submit an affidavit explaining whether anything was taken away from the dera headquarters before the Court Commissioner’s inspection on September 8.

“It was more than a week. We need a very categorical transparent report on it,” the full bench observed while asking whether it was a “post-mortem” when the state approached the High Court for judicial supervision of the sanitisation process of the dera headquarters in Sirsa.

Court commissioner Anil Kumar Singh Panwar, a former District and Sessions Judge, told the court that it was a post-mortem as nothing much was found. However, Panwar did not submit the report on the sanitisation in the court on Wednesday and said it was currently being compiled. The HC asked the court commissioner to send the report to Haryana’s Advocate General in a sealed cover once it is completed. The Haryana government has been asked to file a comprehensive affidavit whether there was any mechanism of monitoring of the movement inside the Sirsa deras after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim till the day of sanitisation under the commissioner’s supervision.

During the hearing, many lawyers told the court that “ample opportunity” was provided to the dera to move the assets during the time and that the government also needed to investigate if any of the movable properties were removed to Rajasthan.

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