Scribe death: HC refuses to issue notice on MLA’s petition

The conclusion was based on the inquiry conduct by DSP,Naraingarh,dated July 1,2009.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: March 14, 2014 11:37 am

Refusing to issue notice on a petition filed by Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Gujjar,against summons issued by an Ambala court in a journalist’s suicide case,a vacation bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday adjourned the matter to October 21.

The case will now come up for hearing before a regular bench. It relates to the death of Naraingarh-based journalist Pankaj Khanna,who committed suicide by consuming poison. In his suicide note,he had blamed the MLA,and two others — Ajit Aggarwal and Vijay Aggarwal — for allegedly forcing him to take the extreme step. Khanna had alleged that he was being harassed and humiliated by the two at the MLA’s behest. Soon after his death,Khanna’s relatives had blocked the state highway demanding the registration of a case against the MLA and others.

The Naraingarh MLA had earlier claimed before the High Court that he was being falsely dragged into the case,that the victim’s father,Yash Pal Khanna,had registered at the Police station,Naraingarh,on June 11,2009,on charges of abetment to suicide and furtherance of common intention.

Gujjar’s counsel had argued that after the registration of the FIR,police investigated the matter and filed challan dated July 15,2009. “In the final report submitted by the police under Section 173 of CrPC,the petitioner was kept in column number two as he was found innocent and the allegation against the petitioner was found to be baseless. The conclusion was based on the inquiry conduct by DSP,Naraingarh,dated July 1,2009,” Gujjar’s petition reads.

“It was found that the FIR dated August 24,2008,against now deceased Pankaj Khanna was registered as he had misbehaved with a woman outside a temple at Naraingarh,under the influence of liquor,on the eve of Janmasthmi. Later,he quarreled with members of the temple trust and police officials on duty. Therefore,the petitioner was found to have no involvement in the registration of the FIR,” the MLA’s petition further states.

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