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HC appoints 3 mediators to fix feud between former CJ,son

Family dispute: The mediators were finalised after counsels for both parties deliberated upon it.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 31, 2013 1:31:23 am

To reach an amicable solution,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday appointed a committee of three mediators,who will try to resolve the dispute between former Chief Justice Shanti Sarup Dewan and his son,Suvir Dewan.

The panel includes a retired Supreme Court judge and two lawyers. Justice (retd) Kuldip Singh,senior lawyer M L Sarin and Advocate Ravinder Krishan,an expert in income tax law,would intervene between the two parties.

The names were finalised after counsels for both the parties appeared in court on Thursday and deliberated upon the names. Reiterating that the court did not intend to go into the merits of the case,a division bench headed by Justice Surya Kant stated that efforts were to be made to bridge the gap between the two parties.

The three mediators have been asked to work out the modalities. The Bench also emphasised that there was an urgent need to trace out solutions.

Suvir Dewan has requested the court to grant adequate police protection to his parents.

In an affidavit he stated,“I do not blame my parents,but my family members,who instigated them against us because of their greed. My wife and I have been dutiful children. We have always respected my parents and looked after them when they were unwell. When my father underwent a surgery in Escort’s Hospital,Delhi,my wife and I were with him for a month. When my mother needed blood for her surgery,I came forward to give blood”.

He further submitted,“I also feel that my parents should be safe and secure and therefore it is my humble request that they should be provided adequate protection. This police protection will be for us as well,against people interfering in our household affairs”.

The former Chief Justice had moved the high court seeking protection from his son. Eighty-five-year-old Shanti Sarup had petitioned the court alleging “animal existence” at the hands of his son. The bone of contention is the Sector-11 house,which according to the former Chief Justice,his son wants to grab. Suvir,however,has clearly denied the accusations.

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