The government has denied that the Kumar held a public office and had the power to perform any sovereign functions of the state, while questioning the jurisdiction exercised by the single bench in the matter in a writ of quo warranto.
The HC also said the court would go ahead with the transfer of pending cases of Gram Panchayat land grabbing in Mohali and Rupnagar districts to the empanelled officers on March 20 if the government decides not to amend the Act.
Court Commissioner Anil Kumar Singh Panwar found himself also told the full bench of the High Court that he was “unable to understand” the order in which he was told to submit his “specific opinion” on what he had seen at the Dera.
The bench of Justices Surya Kant, Augustine George Masih and Avneesh Jhingan came down hard on police and its SIT, after an officer submitted that he was satisfied with the custodial interrogation of Dera IT head Vineet Kumar.
The division bench of Justices Surya Kant and Shekher Dhawan, during the hearing of the Bhola drug case, said the officers who probed the matter related to Majithia “need to be protected,” while going through the report which was presented in a sealed cover.
BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav was sacked last April after he posted video clips purportedly showing poor quality food being served to security forces personnel posted in frontier areas adjoining Pakistan
He hit the headlines in January last year when his video complaining about the “poor quality and quantity of food” at the administration base in Khet near Line of Control in Poonch district went viral on the social media.
The court said records showed that “overriding powers” had been vested in the retired IAS officer to enable him to take decisions regarding important departments like Home, Vigilance, Personnel, Finance and other
“Keeping in view of clinical examination and radiological examination, the board is of the opinion that there is no abnormality in the foetus and continuation of the pregnancy would not entail danger to the life of the patient,” the doctors panel said in the report.
The High Court in September had asked the ED and Income Tax authorities to look into the bank accounts of Dera institutions and assets of Gurmeet Ram Rahim, his family and other close aides for an extensive probe into the allegations of money laundering in the functioning of Dera headquarters.