The Punjab government on Wednesday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it is in the process of amending the Punjab Police Act-2007.
The file has been sent to the Governor for his approval,a Punjab law officer told the court which was hearing a contempt petition filed by advocate H C Arora against Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh,Principal Secretary (Home Affairs and Justice) D S Bains and secretary (Home Affairs and Justice).
Arora had challenged frequent transfer of IPS and PPS officers in violation of the Section 15 of the Punjab Police Act-2007. Section 15 of the Act mandates that every police officer will have minimum assured tenure of one year and that such tenure can be extended up to maximum of three years. The posts,which are covered under Section 15 include the posts IG,DIG,DSP and SHO.
The court will hear the case on May 29.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday admitted an appeal filed by former Punjab MLA Mangat Rai Bansal,who was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by a lower court in April in a 14-year-old case of paddy embezzlement. A special CBI court had convicted the Congress-turned-SAD leader along with 23 others,including rice millers from Bareta in Mansa and FCI officials,for their role in the supply and procurement of substandard rice.
The CBI,which had registered a case on September 23,1999,later collected 53 samples of stocked rice from Punjab State Warehousing Corporation in Bareta. It later booked rice millers,including Mangat Rai Bansal,whe had won the 2007 Assembly poll from Budhlada in Mansa on a Congress ticket. In the 2012 Assembly polls,he lost to Janmeja Singh Sekhon of SAD from Maur. He then joined the SAD in September 2012.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on issued showcause notices to the Punjab government,asking it to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against it for not taking steps to stop illegal mining. The notices were issued after the HC took suo motu cognizance of a news item in an English daily that had highlighted that illegal mining was on during evening hours.