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

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HC denies anticipatory bail to Faridkot jail staffer accused of providing phone to convict

The FIR was registered on October 2, 2021, after a video allegedly by a jail inmate came to light with allegations against jail staff of providing phones and drugs to the inmates facilitated by jail staff

The FIR was registered on October 2, 2021, after a video allegedly by a jail inmate came to light with allegations against jail staff of providing phones and drugs to the inmates facilitated by jail staff.
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 08:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mohali trash hill: HC seeks affidavits from MC chief, local bodies secy

The Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered Mohali municipal corporation to provide personal affidavits on waste disposal measures in the city. The court also directed the corporation to address issues raised by the Punjab Pollution Control Board and ensure no financial troubles in taking remedial measures. The court expressed concern over the corporation's lack of compliance and indolence in waste management. The corporation has been given suggestions for remedial measures at the Phase-8B dumping site.

The court also directed the MC chief that the issues raised by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) member secretary in his report, be dealt with “most promptly” within 45 days. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC acquits Muktsar man awarded death for drowning wife, children

The allegations were that convict Palwinder Singh and Karamjit Kaur had an illicit relationship and planned the murder, in which a car driven by Palwinder fell into Gang canal near Fattanwala village on June 20, 2015, in which his wife Sarabjit Kaur, daughter Gaganpreet Kaur, son Jashanpreet Singh and Karamjit’s husband Nirmal Singh, a servant of the family, were killed

Lone survivor in the case was Palwinder Singh, who nine months after the incident was booked for murder after he married Karamjit, wife of his servant Nirmal Singh.
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Judicial officers’ promotions: HC says recommendations are binding on Haryana govt

The HC bench of justice GS Sandhawalia and justice Lapita Banerjee also imposed a cost of ₹50 thousand per litigant for “unwarranted delay”

It further recorded that when the principle of merit had been settled across the board for both the states of Punjab and Haryana in promotions. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 11:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Include constituencies from Haryana in SGPC polls: SGPC to HC

The Sikh body has responded to a plea seeking directions not to exclude Haryana from the electoral rolls for the Sikh body poll

Include constituencies from Haryana in SGPC polls: SGPC to HC
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC grants bail to pregnant woman in drugs seizure cases

The court observed that although the woman is alleged to have been found in possession of the contraband falling in commercial category but pregnancy of a woman is a special circumstance, in which the gravity of the offence for the time being is liable to be ignored

The Punjab and Haryana high court granted bail to a Ludhiana woman arrested by police in 55kg poppy husk seizure case holding that on humanitarian grounds, bar under Section 37 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act cannot be considered to act as a blanket ban on the power of the court to grant interim bail to the accused.
Updated on Dec 17, 2023 07:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC grants protection to two underage Muslim girls who married against parents’ wishes

Applicable personal laws in Islam allow a Muslim girl to enter into a contract of marriage after attaining puberty whereas a set of common civil and criminal laws in India proscribes the marriage of girls under 18 and further makes sexual intercourse with minors a penal offence

HT Image
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Diplomatic row: HC allows Canadian NRI to record statement via VC

Dhindsa is a complainant in a criminal case registered on September, 2019 on allegations of criminal breach of trust. The trial court in Hoshiarpur had closed prosecution evidence on October 25, an order challenged by him in high court.

As per the plea, the trial court in Dasuya had initially allowed recording of statement in July through VC.
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 08:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Engage experts to educate cops about fundamental rights: HC to Punjab DGP

The order was passed as the court came across a bail matter in which an accused in an NDPS case filed in April 2020 by the special task force, Mohali, was found to be behind bars for three years and seven months

The order was passed as the court came across a bail matter in which an accused in an NDPS case filed in April 2020 by the special task force, Mohali, was found to be behind bars for three years and seven months.
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 08:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Don’t take us for a ride: HC warns Chandigarh, Punjab for ignoring Nayagaon’s issues

HC seeks reports on the poor state of civic infrastructure and environmental degradation in Nayagaon and nearby villages due to civic apathy

“We fail to understand as to why 2 lakhs residents are not being provided basic public amenities for the last one decade in the state of Punjab,” the HC bench said. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 06:01 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

2019 Neha Shoree murder case: Respond to issues raised by parents’ questions, HC tells SIT head

In March 2019, after killing Neha Shoree, the assailant, Balwinder Singh, 49, a Morinda-based chemist, had shot himself dead with his .32-bore revolver

Daughter of 1971 war veteran Captain Kailash Shoree, 36-year-old Neha was shot dead in broad daylight at her office at Kharar on March 29, 2019. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 09:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

EWS admissions: HC directs private schools in Chandigarh to give fee, salary details

How much were teachers’ paid, how many EWS students were enrolled in past five years, private schools in Chandigarh told to answer

The order was passed by the high court bench of justice Sandeep Moudgil, acting on a 2020 plea by Independent Schools’ Association, a body of city’s private schools, challenging UT’s instructions issued from time to time, making it mandatory for them to admit students under the economically weaker sections (EWS) category. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 08:45 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC asks IAF to reconsider claim of candidate with keloid on right forearm

In 2017, Ravi Kumar, a resident of Mahendergarh, was declared medically unfit in his second medical examination due to a keloid on his forearm, which developed after the removal of a tattoo

The candidate approached the high court in 2017 challenging a July 2017 certificate whereby he was declared unfit. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 08:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab to hire 236 law officers, 58 posts reserved for SCs

As per an advertisement, two posts are of senior additional advocates general, 44 of additional advocates general, 30 of senior deputy advocates general, 61 of deputy advocates general, 92 of assistant advocates general and seven posts of advocates on record. The last date to apply for the same would be December 6

An official said an advertisement was put out to engage SC law officers in August 2022, but the process could not be completed.
Updated on Nov 26, 2023 07:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Single NRI Australian father gets custody of surrogate child

The high court bench of justice Anupinder Singh Grewal ordered that the single NRI father would be the sole guardian of the child. The HC bench said the father will have custody of the child and would further decide whether the boy will remain in India or Australia.

The court observed that when the issue for consideration before the court involves the rights of a child, the court has parens patriae (parent of the nation) jurisdiction and it is of paramount importance for this court to safeguard the interest of the child, keeping in view his welfare and issue necessary directions in this regard.
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Don’t hold up trials without stay order: HC to lower courts

The directions came from the HC bench of justice Jasjit Singh Bedi in a plea by Jalandhar resident Bishan Dass and others.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued “specific directions” to the trial courts to continue with their proceedings unless a stay was granted on the proceedings by any superior court in the case in question. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High Court quashes Haryana govt's 75% quota for locals in private sector

A two-judge bench of the high court quashed the 2021 law as unconstitutional and violative of Part III (fundamental rights) of the Constitution.

The Punjab and Haryana high court building.(File)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 04:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Police cannot probe food safety complaints, says high court

High court says in cases of misbranded or substandard food articles, criminal cases cannot be registered by police

The high court bench of justice Jasjit Singh Bedi quashed a criminal case registered in Patiala, wherein the local police had invoked the Indian Penal Code, slapping sections pertaining to adulteration of food, sale of item unfit for consumption and criminal conspiracy. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 05, 2023 07:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Wife, not father, granted custody of man in coma for 11 years

The custody dispute between the family members rose primarily after the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal awarded ₹3 crore as compensation in 2018 for the accident that pushed the man into coma in 2011

The high court observed that it did not find any lack of affection on part of both the parties towards the comatose man and it seemed that “it is the money dispute which has caused this entire controversy”. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Non-appearance of cops in drug trials: Charges framed but over 16,000 NDPS cases pending for more than two years in Punjab

The report signed by state administrative secretary (home) Gurkirat Kirpal Singh was prepared following directions of the high court on October 17. It was to be submitted on October 31, but the case could not be taken up on the said date and would be considered on November 16.

As per the state DGP’s submissions in the high court, Punjab records 12,000 to 14,000 FIRs under the NDPS Act every year.
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 07:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High court orders CBI probe in 100-crore Zirakpur land grab case

Delhi-based trust had moved high court over attempt to grab eight acres of their prime land along VIP Road in Zirakpur

The petitioner trust, Guru Nanak Vidya Bhandar Trust, Daryaganj, New Delhi, had moved the high court in February, seeking transfer of the probe to CBI. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 08:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

All cops in a team responsible for consequences of an incident: HC

A constable had challenged punishment awarded by Chandigarh Police in a graft case, citing he was only abiding by his senior’s order

The plea was from a constable, Pardeep Kumar, who, along with constable Rajesh Kumar, was accused of misbehaviour and demanding <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>300 from a couple during night patrolling duty in Sector 20 in July 2012. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 08:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

FIR against proclaimed offender can’t be quashed on basis of compromise: Punjab and Haryana HC

In the case at hand, the FIR was against one Sukhwinder Singh, wife Manjeet Kaur, father, Karnail Singh and one Paramjeet Singh. The FIR was pending since 2014 on allegations of cheating, and forgery etc.

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has held that the FIR against a proclaimed offender can’t be quashed even if a compromise has been struck with the complainant. (HT File)
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 06:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 2 drug accused get bail as cops fail to depose in 18 hearings

As per the proceedings before the HC, the trial court had to adjourn the hearings 18 times as none of the prosecution witnesses turned up.

Though it is difficult to get bail in drug cases, two persons, caught for alleged possession of heroin in April 2022, walked free, on Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) orders, as police failed to depose before a Mohali trial court on 18 occasions. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

DA case: VB: Popli, kin spent 121% above known sources of income in 17 years

A report submitted in high court said during the investigation, all income received by him and his family members from known sources amounted to ₹6.41 crore during the period from June 1, 2006 to June 30, 2022, whereas he spent ₹14 crore to ₹18 crore during this period

In the disproportionate assets case, registered on August 6, 2022, he was granted interim bail on September 18 this year, which paved way for him coming out of jail. (HT File)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana HC summons two principal secretaries over delay in construction of stadium in Kurukshetra

The HC bench of Justice Arvind Sangwan also asked the state’s chief secretary (SC) Sanjeev Kaushal to look into the “inordinate delay” in the project

The dissatisfied court took serious note of the delay and asked the principal secretaries of sports department and public works department to remain present on Friday with their affidavits. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High court nullifies admission of 79 nursing students at Ambala college

The college has 100 seats for BSc nursing course, 60 for basic nursing and 40 for MSc nursing, all of which can be filled only through CET

The court has directed the Haryana government to lay down specific guidelines about filling up such vacant seats in private aided/unaided nursing institutions within three months. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 19, 2023 09:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana HC presses for orientation courses on fundamental rights to judicial officers

The court had come across a plea in which a Chandigarh court order was under challenge; the police did not present the challan within statutory period of 60 days and on 61st day, the accused moved an application for default bail and the challan was presented the same evening

The bench observed that fundamental rights have always been put on a very high pedestal and also the scope of Article 21 is dynamic and is not static in nature. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 15, 2023 06:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC orders removal of stray dogs from areas near judges’ houses in Ambala

The HC bench of justice Arvind Sangwan passed the order while taking note of a letter sent by Ambala district and sessions judge, complaining about the stray dog menace and the apathy on part of the authorities in controlling it

The district and sessions judge had forwarded the complaint from his colleague, Phalit Sharma, additional district and sessions judge, Ambala. (HT File)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 08:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab & Haryana HC reprimands bank for treating woman employee with a newborn ‘ruthlessly’

The woman had resigned in protest as she was transferred from Chandigarh to Rajkot and her plea for cancellation of the transfer was also rejected.

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has admonished the role of officials of a nationalised bank, who refused to accept the resignation of a woman employee with a newborn child. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 09:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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