In an interim relief for S P S Rathore,former Haryana DGP,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to grant provisional pension and health benefits till his special leave petition (SLP) is pending in the Supreme Court.
However,the high court made it clear that if the SLP filed by Rathore challenging his conviction on charges of molesting student Ruchika Girhotra,who later died,is dismissed the pension paid till then will be recovered from him. The directions were passed on a petition filed by the Centre against an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal,where it had ordered restoration of Rathores pension.
The Chandigarh Bench of the Tribunal had on December 8 invalidated the orders passed by the Centre,withholding Rathores pension. The Centre had passed the orders after the former top cop was convicted in the molestation case. The orders in this regard was passed on the advise of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on June 23,2010.
Following this,Rathore had challenged the order and also filed a contempt of court petition against the Union home secretary,when his pension was not restored.
Equating his case with that of former Punjab DGP K P S Gill,Rathore had stated before the Tribunal that no order for withholding the pension of KPS Gill,who has also been found guilty of molestation,has been passed.
Sugar mills directed to pay interest
CHANDIGARH: Less than a month after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took cognisance of the failure of around eight sugar mills in Punjab to pay Rs 100 crore to sugarcane farmers and directed cooperative department secretary to ensure the payment of the balance amount,a division Bench on Wednesday ordered the payment of the amounts interest. The court directed the payment of interest at the rate of 10 per cent till September and 15 per cent after that.
Haryana to file affidavit on riot preventive measures
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Haryana chief secretary to file an affidavit stating steps the state government has taken so far to prevent property being damaged during agitations. The court,on a previous date of hearing,had made clear its intentions of monitoring the issues arising out of Jat agitation in Haryana.
Correction fluid only in Pens: Centre
CHANDIGARH: The Centre has issued a notification stating that from now on,correction fluid (used to mask errors in text) will not be supplied in bottles but only be made available in pens. Counsel for the central government,Advocate Onkar Singh Batalvi,told this to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday during the resumed hearing of a PIL seeking directions to ban the supply of the pen fluid.
Haryana removes 7 convicted cops from service
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government,after having come under fire from the Punjab and Haryana High Court,has finally removed seven convicted police officers from service. Among the nine officers,who were continuing in service despite conviction,seven have been dismissed from service,the state police told the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by Advocate H C Arora. The petitioner had sought removal of the officers convicted for various offences.