Gulab Singh, a tempo traveler driver from Sancholi village of Sohna in Gurgaon, in May approached the High Court through his counsel Atul Yadav seeking directions to the police and lower courts at Sohna, Pataudi and Gurgaon to not summon him in the criminal cases.
The complaint was filed against Badal and Majithia for allegedly making defamatory statements against the retired judge in connection with the report filed by the Commission which investigated various incidents of desecration in Punjab.
The bench, while describing it as a “classic case of casual approach” being adopted by the government officials in carrying out the directions of the court, said, “Day in and day out it seems that only after issuing contempt notices the machinery starts working”.
A single bench of Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa gave the verdict in the case of Ferozepur-based Arya Anathalaya, which was earlier this year asked by the district child welfare committee to send back nearly 104 children of Jharkhand to their home state.
The J&K Police Crime Branch had concluded that the 8-year-old girl belonging to Bakerwal community in Kathua’s Rasana village was murdered and raped in January 2018 as part of a conspiracy to “dislodge” the nomadic community from the village.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been in prison since August 2017 and technically has served the minimum sentence of one year to become eligible for parole. Under the Act, he does not fall under the category of hardcore prisoner who becomes entitled for temporary release only after completion of five years imprisonment.
In 2015, a family court had ordered the man to pay maintenance to his wife and their two children after the wife had filed a petition for the same saying she had been thrown out of the matrimonial home.
In the chargesheet, the police had said Sanji Ram was “against the settlement of Bakarwals in Rasana, Kootah and Dhamyal area, and always kept on motivating the members of his community of the area to not provide land for grazing or any other kind of assistance”.
The court sentenced three men, accused of rape and murder among other charges, to life imprisonment, and three policemen to five years for destruction of evidence, observing that “the perpetrators of this crime have acted in such a manner as if there is a ‘law of the jungle’ prevalent in society”.
The bench further directed the state governments and Chandigarh Administration to provide protection to the eye-witnesses during the pendency of trial in the FIRs registered under sections of law pertaining to offences like acid attack, sexual harassment, voyeurism, assault on woman with intent to disrobe and stalking.
Terming it a “glaring case” of misuse of police power and ruling that Punjab Police’s CIA staff concocted a story to evade the charges of illegal detention, the High Court while ordering the compensation also quashed the FIR lodged at Shimlapuri police station against Manpreet Singh.