Punjab Speaker tenders apology to HC over defiance of court directions

Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon has tendered an “unconditional apology for any inadvertent or unintentional lapse” to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and requested the court to “expunge” the adverse observations made against him.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 18, 2011 3:05:20 am

Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon has tendered an “unconditional apology for any inadvertent or unintentional lapse” to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and requested the court to “expunge” the adverse observations made against him.

This,after the Speaker was asked to file an affidavit in response to the strong displeasure shown against him by the high court over alleged defiance of court directions. The directions pertained to a status quo ordered by the court in the case of appointment of an under secretary.

The petition alleging non-compliance was filed against Punjab Vidhan Sabha and three other respondents by one Ramesh Chand.

Senior lawyer Chetan Mittal,appearing on behalf of the petitioner,had sought directions for staying an order dated November 2 passed by the superintendent in the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat’s establishment branch. Mittal had averred that the under secretary’s charge,vide the order,has been taken back from him in “gross violation of the status quo order dated October 13”.

On November 9,granting an opportunity before the court proceeds with contempt proceedings,a division bench headed by Justice Permod Kohli had ruled that a “deliberate attempt to defy the orders with impunity is writ large”.

“It is alleged in the application that the order of status quo was duly communicated to the Secretary,Punjab Vidhan Sabha. From the order dated November 2,it also appears that the Speaker was apprised of the order passed by this Court and despite that a direction has been issued that the order of the High Court will be taken into consideration after the decision of the LPA (letters patent appeal),” the court had ruled.

The order added: “This clearly demonstrates a deliberate attempt on the part of the Speaker to defy the order of this court with impunity without resorting to any legal remedy. A duty was cast upon the Secretary,Punjab Vidhan Sabha,to apprise the Speaker regarding the direction of this court.”

Following this,the court had issued notices to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to respond to the allegations.

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