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Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.

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No free security for VIPs with over 3 lakh monthly income

Those exempted are senior officers, ministers, MLAs, judges, recognised political parties’ heads and some protectees covered under the Punjab Police Security Policy, 2013

Payable amount not to exceed 25% of monthly income or 2.5% of assets’ value, whichever is higher
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Aadhaar card verification a must for sureties in courts: HC

Now, the authorities in the states and at the Centre have been told to put in place the requisite infrastructure within four months. The infrastructure for biometric verification of the Aadhaar Card at the court premises would be provided by the NIC, with the technical assistance of UIDAI, the court notes.

The courts have been told that while accepting surety, they would insist on complete details, including an Aadhaar card. The principal district judge and the chief judicial magistrates would inspect the register of sureties periodically, preferably after every three months.
Updated on May 28, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

DGP to HC: Recommended new law against promoting gun culture

According to DGP Gaurav Yadav, the state authorities encounter various difficulties in removing content from the web as there is no authority vested by any law in the state government to ban any song, except issuing orders under section 144 of the CrPC and registration of an FIR for violation of the said order.

According to the affidavit submitted by the DGP to the Punjab and Haryana high court, the data reveals that till November 2022 there were 3,35,476 licences in the state with the highest in Moga (26,970), followed by Bathinda (25,045), Amritsar rural (24,784) and Patiala (23,598).
Updated on May 21, 2024 05:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC orders continuation of secretariat pay for staff of 3 varsities

The Punjab government argued that the state bears the financial burden and has the right to stop the benefit of secretariat pay as university employees cannot be treated at par with the employees of the state civil secretariat.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has quashed instructions which the Punjab government issued five years ago.
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Over 34,000 firearms licence issued in Punjab since 2019, Punjab govt tells HC

An affidavit filed by director general of police (DGP), Gaurav Yadav has revealed that out of these 32,303 licences were issued for self-defence.

The data has been given in proceedings of an anticipatory bail matter of a Fazilka resident, who was in court seeking bail in an alleged case of firing.
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Trespass, extortion charges: HC stays proceedings against DSP, seeks response from Punjab Police

The Punjab and Haryana high court has sought an affidavit from Fatehgarh Sahib senior superintendent of police (SSP) on findings recorded by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) in a case involving a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Ramandeep Singh

The Punjab and Haryana high court has sought an affidavit from Fatehgarh Sahib senior superintendent of police (SSP) on findings recorded by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) in a case involving a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Ramandeep Singh.
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 08:34 AM IST

YPS blockade: State can’t let protesters use religion as shield, says HC

High court has given Punjab Police time till April 18 to clear YPS Chowk of protesters, who laid siege to the major traffic lifeline 460 days ago in January 2023

Posting the matter for April 18, the high court bench hoped that both UT and Punjab will “wake up from their slumber”. (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC dismisses plea from former Dera Sacha Sauda spokesperson against ED investigation

He is an accused in 2017 Panchkula violence and ED had registered Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against him on February 5, 2018, in connection with August 27, 2017 FIR into widespread violence reported in Panchkula, when Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in two rape cases of female dera followers by the special CBI court Panchkula

The bench of justice Manjari Nehru Kaul observed that an ECIR cannot be kept at the same pedestal as an FIR. It is crucial to note that an ECIR is not registered under the CrPC, unlike an FIR, which is mandatorily registered under Section 154 of the CrPC (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 08:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Drugs seizure: Police theory under cloud, HC grants bail to bizman caught with 2.5 lakh banned tablets

Section 37 of the NDPS Act bars bail to the accused when the drug recovery is of commercial quantity. But the Supreme Court, while dealing with a case under Section 37 of the NDPS Act, laid down that before granting bail, the court has to have “reasonable grounds” for believing that the accused is not guilty of offence that he has been charged with and that he is unlikely to commit offence under the NDPS Act again while on bail. The

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has granted bail to a Delhi-based businessman caught by the Fatehgarh Sahib police under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, after alleged recovery of 2.5 lakh banned tablets from his possession in the Capital in September last year. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 08:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Money laundering cases: High yardstick for granting bail must not be given the go-by: HC

The Punjab and Haryana high court has said that high yardstick for granting bail under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, must not be given a go-by, while refusing bail to a 74-year-old auditor, an accused in a money laundering scam worth ₹1,626 crore

Refusing bail to a 74-year-old auditor, an accused in a money laundering scam worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,626 crore, the Punjab and Haryana high court has said that high yardstick for granting bail under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, must not be given a go-by. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Money laundering cases: Courts can order release of accused under police custody: HC

The Punjab and Haryana high court has made it clear that courts can order release of an accused of money laundering under police custody without fulfilling twin conditions as mandated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

The PMLA under Section 45 mandates that before granting bail to an accused the public prosecutor has to be given an opportunity to oppose the application for such release and where the public prosecutor opposes the application, the court can allow bail if it is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the person is not guilty of such offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 07:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Examine whether PMLA probe required in illegal assets case against former EO, HC asks Punjab DGP

On October 12, 2022, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau had arrested former Zirakpur municipal council executive officer Girish Verma for allegedly amassing huge wealth than the disclosed sources of his income by misusing his official position

Punjab Vigilance Bureau had investigated the accused’s moveable and immoveable properties between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2021, and found that he spent <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7.15 crore more than his income. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Non-appearance of cops in drug case: Keep SI in jail till his statement is recorded, says HC

The bench of justice Rajbir Sehrawat ordered that SI Paramjeet Singh be taken into protective custody and be kept in Central Jail, Kapurthala

The court took serious note of the matter and observed that in the given circumstances the coercive action against this witness has become imperative and ordered that he be taken into custody. (iStock)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab reinvokes NSA against Amritpal, 9 aides

According to a senior government functionary, Punjab Police kept fresh grounds of keeping Amritpal and his aides in detention before the board that looks after cases of NSA. The board, presided over by a retired high court judge, gave a go-ahead to the request, the functionary said, on anonymity.

Radical preacher Amritpal Singh (PTI)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 07:52 AM IST

HC orders CBI probe into custodial death of Ludhiana woman

The HC acted on the plea from one Mukul Garg, who had approached the high court in 2020 seeking a CBI probe into the custodial death of his fiancée. As per the plea, Garg and the woman, Ramandeep Kaur were being probed in an alleged illegal withdrawal of money case registered on August 3, 2017, by Dugri police station in Ludhiana.

The Punjab and Haryana HC has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the custodial death of a woman reported in August 2017 in Ludhiana. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 07:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Cut VIP cover, but give security for demolition drives: HC to Bathinda DC, SSP

Seeks detailed affidavit on the action taken pursuant to this order on March 20; during the hearing, the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) had told the court that illegal encroachments have been found in all five phases and in M/s Narwana Estate and Milk Plant Colony

The petitioner’s counsel Rau PS Girwar had claimed that encroachments have been made by influential persons and the administration was trying to protect them and that was why such “excuses” were being made.
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 05:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Consensual sex: Can’t order termination of pregnancy at 27 weeks, says HC

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act allows termination of pregnancy beyond 24 weeks in the cases where there is a threat to the woman’s life or if there is a foetal anomaly. The law leaves it to the discretion of the constitutional courts, to exercise on case-to-case basis. In the case in hand, the girl as well as the foetus, were reported healthy

A medical examination of the girl was conducted and a PGIMER report had said at this gestational age and condition of foetus, it is likely to be born alive
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 06:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC clears decks for 60 additional petrol pumps for Moga

The association, Moga Periphery Pump Association had challenged June 2023 advertisement whereby applications were invited for 60 new petrol pumps in the district. The association had stated that a dealer is required to achieve a minimum turnover of 350 KL of motor spirit and high-speed diesel.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has cleared decks for 60 additional petrol pumps proposed to be set up by different public sector oil companies in Moga. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 06:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Sextortion cases: Punjab and Haryana HC for criminal proceedings against those filing false cases

While dealing with such a case, the high court bench of justice Anoop Chitkara observed that this (sextortion) cannot be allowed to go on as it would unravel chaos in the system and amount to ridiculing a serious crime like sexual assault, turning it into something frivolous, which can never be the intention of the makers of law.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has recommended a slew of measures for dealing with sextortion cases and asked the police of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to consider criminal prosecution against those filing false complaints. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 03, 2024 07:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC pushes for monitoring panel to check delay in forensic reports

The high court has sought names of three IAS and three IPS officers from Punjab and Haryana to constitute a monitoring panel

The court was hearing a bail plea in which it had come to light that the chemical examination was completed in a drugs seizure case after a staggering delay of nearly six months, despite the case being labeled as “priority case”.
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 06:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh mayor a no-show, elections of senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor now on March 4

BJP councillors and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher had to wait in the MC’s assembly hall for over two hours, in a stark reminder of the scenes that had played out on January 18, the first date fixed by the UT for the conduct of the mayoral polls, when only AAP-Congress councillors were seen in attendance while BJP members and presiding officer Anil Masih were conspicuous by their absence.

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher coming out from the Chandigarh MC House as elections of senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor was called off after mayor Kuldeep Dhalor failed to turn up to conduct the polls. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 09:06 AM IST

Chandigarh: High court junks plea to enhance private-aided faculty’s retirement age

HC bench of justice Sureshwar Singh Thakur and justice Sudeepti Sharma observed that though the teaching faculty of government and private colleges perform similar functions, it does not mean that the private college faculty have any indefeasible right as these institutions run with a motive of profiteering

Punjab and Haryana high court dismissed the plea from Dr Banda Goindi, a teacher at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 09:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor to be elected afresh

Having 19 votes, BJP holds the numerical advantage in the contest, compared to AAP-Congress alliance that has 17

On February 20, the Supreme Court had overturned the results of Chandigarh mayoral polls and declared AAP candidate Kuldeep Dhalor the winner in a landmark decision. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 10:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Drug cases: Punjab and Haryana high court issues slew of directions for speedy trials

The high court bench of justice Pankaj Jain, issued a slew of directions, including departmental action against cops not appearing before the courts and deadlines for courts to complete the trials

Drug cases: Punjab and Haryana high court issues slew of directions for speedy trials
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana high court acquits father, uncle of girl’s murder over inter-caste relationship

The girl, a first-year student and resident of a village under police station Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, was found dead at her house on September 12, 2012

Punjab and Haryana high court acquits father, uncle of girl’s murder over inter-caste relationship
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC censures Chandigarh for denying medical reimbursement to former CTU staffer’s widow

The observations were made while dismissing the UT administration’s plea against an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which was approached by a widow challenging denial of medical reimbursement. The tribunal had, on August 25, 2023, found the woman’s claim genuine and directed the UT to settle the medical claim within two months.

Coming down heavily against the UT administration for denying medical reimbursement to the widow of a former Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) employee, the Punjab and Haryana high court termed the UT’s approach “inhumane” and imposed a fine on it. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Land allotment for HC in Sarangpur: 8.5-acre land inadequate, revise proposal, HC tells UT

The development comes days after the administration in its letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) suggested that for the expansion plans given by the high court, 8.5 acres of land would be “justified”. These comments were part of the administration’s letter in which it had apprised the MHA of the high court order and sought approval for the allotment, as ordered on January 19. .

The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the Chandigarh administration to revise its proposal regarding the allotment of land to the high court in Sarangpur keeping in view the future requirement for growth and expansion in the next 50 years. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Drugs menace has acquired dimension of an epidemic: HC

The woman petitioner, Maya, accused of being part of an alleged cartel involved in transporting 150 kg ganja from Orissa to Punjab and Haryana, had claimed that she was falsely implicated on the basis of a statement from other co-accused persons, wherein her son has also been shown to be involved

Police had claimed that contraband was smuggled from Orissa under the pretext of a pilgrimage to Jaganathpuri and there is “sufficient link evidence” connecting her and custodial interrogation was required. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

POs evading arrest: HC asks Punjab, Haryana, UT DGPs to constitute monitoring committees

The high court bench of justice HS Brar also issued a slew of directions to police and trial courts to take steps so that these offenders are not able to evade the process of law for years together.

POs evading arrest: HC asks Punjab, Haryana, UT DGPs to constitute monitoring committees
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC quashes FIR against NRI woman accused of abandoning her husband

The HC bench of justice Deepak Gupta observed that even if it be assumed that all the expenses for coaching, training, tickets or expenses required for living in Australia were incurred by the husband, the same do not “prima facie make out a case of cheating, as the amount was spent by a husband on his wife”. An FIR was registered by one Amandeep Singh of Sangrur in March 2020 for cheating and criminal conspiracy against NRI wife, Rajwinder Kaur and her father Gurtej Singh. They got married in 2014 and she went to Australia in 2018.

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has quashed a criminal case of cheating against an Australian NRI woman, who after settling there is being accused of abandoning the husband, who allegedly spent nearly <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>30 lakh to send her abroad. (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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