The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday refused to enlarge the scope of the petition as demanded by former Chief Justice Shanti Sarup Dewan,finding averments raised by him apprehending threat to his life from his son,as insufficient.
However,keeping in view his exalted stature and status,the High Court on Friday directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Chandigarh or any other officer to visit Dewan and his wife at their residence in Sector 11-B of the city. The court has asked the officer to visit the elderly couple within 24 hours to take stock of the situation.
Liberty has been granted to the police to take all necessary steps as deemed fit to ensure the protection of life and liberty of Dewan and his wife.
The court refused to go into the other demands raised by former Chief Justice Shanti Sarup Dewan wherein he had averred that special cells be created to deal with the complaints of senior citizens in the city.
Showing no conviction in the demand,the High Court held,A legislation called The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act,2007 is already in place.
This is a comprehensive enactment covering the issues relating to maintenance of parents/ senior citizens, it pointed out.
Dewan had petitioned the High Court alleging that his son and his daughter-in-law have traumatised the petitioners and made their lives a living hell in the twilight of their life. The petitioner alleged that at times their son and his wife use unparliamentary language while addressing them.