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Punjab Irrigation Scam: HC rejects bail pleas of all accused, says custodial interrogation needed
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Justice A B Chaudhari in the judgment pronounced on Wednesday said the issue in the matter is also that the officials of the Irrigation department and the contractor had “straight away” put the state to a loss of extent of around 35 to 50 per cent of the contracts. T

Ahead of farmers’ stir, HC asks Punjab to enforce Section 144
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Punjab’s Advocate General Atul Nanda, who was present in the court, informed the HC that the farmers had threatened to block the Chaheru bridge in Kapurthala’s Phagwara area as part of their protest and that section 144 had already been imposed in Kapurthala and Jalandhar.

HC took note of air quality, ordered curbs on bursting of firecrackers
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

The suo moto cognisance had come on the heels of the Supreme Court order prohibiting the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the NCR region

Complete curriculum modules on sex education in one month: High Court to Haryana
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

The HC has directed the Haryana government to complete its “curriculum modules” on sex education in the next one month and introduce it as part of the school curriculum from 2018-2019 academic session.

Panchkula violence: HC raps Haryana Police for failing to arrest Dera chief’s aides
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

The court also asked the Haryana SIT to submit a report on if there was any conspiracy from the Dera activists behind the happenings that took place after Gurmeet’s conviction in rape cases.

Can’t take over Junaid murder probe, CBI to Punjab and Haryana High Court
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Stating that the case also does not fall within the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court for transfer from the state police, the central investigating agency said it is already overburdened with cases entrusted to it by various courts and state governments.

In court, Junaid’s father slams claims by Haryana govt counsel
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

The plea seeking a CBI probe and stay on the trial proceedings was adjourned for hearing before the single bench of Justice Rajan Gupta Wednesday.

Murthal gang rape case: High Court seeks call records of senior cops who visited Sukhdev Dhaba
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The women had reportedly taken refuge at the eatery after the incident.

HC questions validity of clause in Punjab’s Custom Milling Policy
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

The division bench said it requires deliberation to decide whether the clause is oppressive and if it needs to be “diluted in reading”.

Haryana govt tells court Junaid’s kin want money and land, family deny claim
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

The trial court recently framed charges against main accused Naresh Kumar and Rameshwar Dass among others.

Haryana tells HC Junaid Khan’s kin wants money and land, they deny claim
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

“Panchayat and people from the villages of accused wanted a compromise, saying ‘bhai chara bana rahega’ (brotherhood will prevail). But we have already turned it down. The claim of seeking money is just a rumour. They want to put pressure on us,” a family member said.

Junaid Khan murder case trial: Rapped for helping lawyer of accused, Additional AG resigns
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

The judge had sought action against Kaushik for “professional misconduct”, saying in case he appears along with the defence counsel “it will send a wrong signal."

Junaid Khan lynching: Haryana law officer ticked off by trial court linked to RSS outfit
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Kaushik has been associated with the RSS since his childhood, as per his own admission, and is organising secretary of the Bharatiya Bhasha Abhiyan in the north region for the last two-and-a-half years.

Faridabad lynching: Junaid Khan case judge says senior law officer helping accused, seeks action
Mon, Oct 30, 2017

As per court records, the judge said Kaushik was “suggesting questions to be put to the witnesses” at two hearings, on October 24 and 25.

Fraud of Rs 70 crore: HC grants bail to Shalimar Mall owners
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Court says detaining the accused in jail won’t serve any useful purpose

Ex-Army man seeks admission in PU in defence category: HC junks plea, says ex-servicemen cannot claim benefits of quota meant for wards
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

The petitioner Army man had contented that in the five per cent quota of the defence category, preference has been given to the wards of the ex-servicemen when “it should be the other way round”.

Bursting crackers on Diwali day: Time limit was not meant to harass anyone, says HC
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

“Our intention was to motivate and educate...They (police) may have been over-zealous”

Single bench’s pre-Diwali relief to Amritsar cracker traders irks High Court
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Registry is in contempt of court...learned Single Judge is also in contempt, observes amicus

Punjab and Haryana HC seeks report on appointments in Haryana Human Rights Commission
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

The division bench also questioned the government decision to allow Justice Bhalla to continue as the acting chairperson for more than a year when the regular chairperson had retired last year.

Stubble burning: Under what provisions are farmers being penalised, HC asks Punjab govt
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Justice Rajan Gupta took a strong note of the registration of FIRs and issuance of penalty notices to the farmers after the court was informed that “at least 100 FIRs” had been registered against the farmers.

Amritsar ‘fake’ encounter: Pulled up by HC, Punjab Police suspends 8 officials
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

The action came more than a year after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Mukha Singh Mukha’s killing had found the cops guilty of “culpable homicide”.

High Court snub for Haryana government over failure to submit status report on kidnap-rape case against Barala kin
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

The minor victim, through her mother and uncle, in June had moved the High Court seeking investigation into the crime and action against the accused Vicky, Sunny, Kuldeep Barala and his wife Sanju, who are alleged to be co-accused in the case.

NH22 road widening project: Planted 1,44,100 trees against cutting of 12,000 trees, Himachal told NGT
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Kalka-Shimla highway widening project: NGT had restrained the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) from cutting the trees along the highway in April 2016 due to which the construction had been hit as it involved cutting of thousands of trees and hill-cutting using heavy machinery.

‘It is never too late not to mess up and respect scientific opinion’
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Professor Arun Deep Ahluwalia is former head of Panjab University’s Department of Geology and is considered an expert in the fields of geoscience and environmental science. In an interview, Aluwalia throws light on the environmental consequences of the Kalka-Shimla highway widening project.

‘We were landowners… now it seems we are refugees here’
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

It has been six months since his home and three shops — the only source of his income — were demolished to expand the Kalka-Shimla highway. Today, Mrigender Jeet Singh lives in a rented accommodation and is unable to find a new place to resume his business.

An uphill task
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

The four-laning of Kalka-Shimla highway is posing a lot of problems — mountains are sliding, road is filled with dust. Experts advise it is wise to go slow in the larger public interest

Army medical board test 2015: HC cancels interim bail of Lt Col, aide accused of taking bribe to produce ‘fit’ medical certificates
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

The Haryana government had opposed the bail pleas of the accused officer and his friend and said their custodial interrogation is necessary “to know how many people they had taken money from to declare them medically fit for appointment in the Army.”

Punjab & Haryana High Court allows minor rape survivor to terminate pregnancy at 26 weeks
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The father of the 16-year-old had earlier approached the High Court seeking directions to the Chief Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital Barnala to terminate the pregnancy of her minor daughter.

Tunda conviction in Sonipat blasts case: ‘No direct evidence, but circumstances form complete chain’
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Tunda was convicted on October 9 under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (conspiracy) of the IPC and section 3 of the Explosives Act for the twin blasts and has been held to be the mastermind behind the blasts.

Sanction for prosecution against corrupt: HC raps PSPCL
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The HC asked the government-owned company to recover Rs 20,000 as compensatory cost from the salary or pension of the deputy chief engineer, who was the sanctioning authority and also take departmental action against him for the refusal.

Haryana minister gets clean chit in multiple allotment scam, 1,805 found guilty
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Giving a clean chit to Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma in the multiple allotment scam, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that 1805 persons had been found to be guilty of securing double or multiple plots under the reserved categories and criminal cases need to be registered […]

Punjab and Haryana High Court: Burst crackers on Diwali day, only from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

The High Court went a step ahead and ordered, “There shall be no bursting of firecrackers before 06:30 pm or after 09.30 pm regardless of territorial locations. It is further directed that there shall be no bursting of crackers even before and also after Diwali till the next date of hearing.”

Bursting of firecrackers restricted to three hours in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Diwali firecrackers: The High Court took a suo moto cognizance of the deteriorating air quality in the region and sought information on the licenses of explosives from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Nine rapes in Murthal during Jat stir: Amicus
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

The bench desisted from making any observation, saying it will have to go through the records of the case. The case will now come up for hearing on November 6.

High Court notice to Punjab over police job to former CM Beant Singh grandson
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Punjab government, as a special case in May, had absorbed the former CM’s grandson and Congress MP Ravneet Singh’s younger brother as DSP in the police department against a direct quota post.

Punjab and Haryana HC admits dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s appeal against conviction
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Chandigarh Police had increased the presence of the security personnel around the High Court and the particular courtroom in view of the hearing of the criminal appeals in the case.