Directly addressing Union Minister for Railways, Industries and Commerce, Piyush Goyal, who was also present, Justice Gupta also delved into the issue of compensatory afforestation and added that money can be no compensation for the environment.
The order directing the Centre to take action within six months has been passed by the HC in a suo motu PIL initiated by it in 2015 on the basis of a news report depicting the “pitiable health and living condition” of a Patiala widow’s three children, who were suffering from a disease known as LGB syndrome.
Observing that the record shows that the action of the authorities was not backed even by the legal wing of the department, the court further said the action of DETC of calling upon the non-applicants to submit the applications even beyond the last date is arbitrary and unreasonable.
Section 10A of the Act gives a High Court the power to sentence a person to six months imprisonment or impose fine upon him or both for "acts calculated to bring the Commission or any member thereof into disrepute" after a complaint is made by a member or an officer authorised by the Commission on its behalf.
Former head constable Surender Singh from Alwar, Rajasthan, had been in the CRPF for 26 years when he was arrested for allegedly shooting dead his colleague Bani Singh of Haryana, and suspended from service.
“The least that is expected from a husband in any marriage is to treat his wife with kindness and not undermine her dignity,” said the division bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Manjari Nehru Kaul in the ruling
The department of social security and women and child development, Punjab, in an affidavit told the court that there are around 6.5 lakh “physical handicapped persons” in the state as per the 2011 census.
The high court, in its ruling, said that leniency shown in such matters will not only frustrate the legitimate right of the poor petitioners but also will “embolden unscrupulous elements in the system to trample the rights of the workers with impunity.”
According to the plea, the accused allegedly raped a 35-year-old woman in 2011 at a farmhouse. A video of the act, shot by the accused, forced her into silence and the abuse continued for several months.
The single-judge Bench barred the two Lok Sabha MPs — one of whom is a retired judge of the same High Court — from speaking to the media regarding the meeting, and imposed restrictions on the nature of the meeting.