Other HC decisions

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the Haryana government to keep in abeyance its policy to name government schools and other institutions after those who donated money for the institutions.

Written by Express News Service | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:34:48 pm

Don’t name schools after people who donate money: HC to Haryana govt

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the Haryana government to keep in abeyance its policy to name government schools and other institutions after those who donated money for the institutions. Meanwhile,Punjab tried to justify its similar policy. On the last date of hearing,the court had refrained Punjab from implementing the same policy. The directions were passed during the hearing of a PIL filed by retired head master Iqbal Singh,who had sought directions to the Punjab government to fill up all vacant posts of principals of senior secondary schools.

An affidavit filed by Kamal Kumar Garg,Punjab Director Public Instructions (Secondary Education) also included a copy of the said policy. The government claimed that policy has been framed to attract the participation of eminent local personalities and organisations in the development of schools. The state disclosed that so far,189 schools have been named after those who had rendered service to the society or have sacrificed their lives for the country. Only 40 schools have been named under the donation policy. So far,approximately Rs. 3.59 crore have been received as donation under this.

Upload poll data on website: Court to Punjab

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed Punjab State Election Commission to upload on its official website,all notifications and other information pertaining to upcoming panchayat and zila parishad elections in the state. Directions were passed on a PIL filed by Jaskirit Singh (Ludhiana) and Parvinder Singh Kittna (Nawanshaher) seeking directions to the Commission to create its own official website and to provide all relevant notification pertaining to the elections. Commission Secretary M L Sharma said a website http://www.pbsec.gov.in has been created for such a purpose.

State competent to classify prisoners: Haryana

The Haryana government on Tuesday claimed that it was competent to classify prisoners on a certain basis. The reply was submitted in response to a PIL challenging “B class” facilities being given to undertrials and prisoners in jails. The PIL,filed by advocate H C Arora,had alleged that even the undertrial,who where involved in rape and dowry death cases,were enjoying B-class facilities. It had sought quashing of provisions in the Haryana Jail manual providing for grant of A and B class facilities to prisoners and undertrials.

The Haryana government,in its reply,stated that provision of higher class facilities to eligible prisoners do not violate the principle of equality as contained in Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution. “The state is competent to formulate policies regarding classification of prisoners on certain basis and gravity of offences committed by such prisoners,” the reply added.

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