Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.
Articles by Surender Sharma
A Class 2 student of a prominent school in Gurugram’s Bhondsi was found dead inside the school washroom on September 8, 2017
Former DGPs at loggerheads: Ex-DGP Chattopadhyaya didn’t respond to queries, say Punjab cops to high court
A status report filed by the Punjab police in a suicide case of 2018 in Punjab and Haryana high court has revealed that former director general of police (DGP) Siddharth Chattopadhyaya was sent a questionnaire twice in 2018 in this case, but on both the occasions he sought time to reply
The Punjab and Haryana High Court collegium is learnt to have recommended names of nine lawyers for elevation as judges in the HC.
The three accused had filed a plea in the HC claiming that they had compromised the matter with the complainant, a Gurugram cabbie, from whom they had allegedly robbed the car along with his valuables.
The Punjab and Haryana high court allowed bail to a murder accused while stating that relatives also long for the prisoner’s presence in family events; the petitioner had sought to attend the marriage functions of his sister’s two daughters in police presence even as the Haryana government had opposed it.
The high court bench of justice Sandeep Moudgil passed the order after the counsel of a complainant of an FIR registered for hurting religious sentiments had submitted before court that as per the ‘hukamnama’ issued, it is only Guru Granth Sahib which is to be worshipped as sole Guru and it was on that account that the FIR was registered by the Amritsar police.
The Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled that a job offer to someone whose land has been acquired for a project is "a concession and not a vested right". The court said the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, does not require the acquiring authority or project beneficiary to guarantee employment for those ousted from their homes or land. The ruling came in response to 107 petitions from people removed from their land to make way for the Ranjit Sagar dam project, which involved the acquisition of 11,250 acres in Punjab, 1,226 acres in Himachal Pradesh and 13,820 acres in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.
In a report submitted in the HC the Punjab police have listed out steps taken for speeding up the probes and trials
Deciding a clutch of petitions pending since 2013, the high court bench of justice Anil Kshetarpal observed that “the crystal clear policy instructions shall prevail over the contradictory stands taken by the government officials, in the peculiar facts of individual cases.”
Punjab and Haryana HC Grants relief to 80-year-old Ludhiana man accused in a case of cheating and forgery
The high court asks Punjab chief secretary to apprise it whether officers are being given adequate training regarding it
The Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered that any member who interferes with the election process of a prominent temple in Jalandhar, be taken into preventive custody and kept in jail until completion. The court has appointed three high court lawyers to conduct the election within two months, after no election was held since 2009 due to infighting in the committee. The court has also directed that no court or authority would entertain any suit, petition or representation regarding the issue.
Lamenting that drugs menace in Punjab is eating the basic structure of the society, the Punjab and Haryana high court has asserted that harsh steps are required to get over this “dark period”.
“You have 80,000 cops, how did Amritpal Singh escape?” Punjab and Haryana high court asks state govt, while deferring hearing for a week
The plea also alleged that due to withholding of required details about revenue records by the developer, plots have not been transferred to plot buyers names till date
The bench of Justice Sureshwar Singh Thakur also said that status quo would prevail on the possession of the land till the time the commissioner does not decide the firm’s plea
The court made it clear that while exercising powers under Section 319 of CrPC (summoning of additional accused) is not required or justified in appreciating the deposition/evidence of the prosecution witnesses on merits which is required to be done during the course of the trial
The bench of justice Deepak Gupta held that under Section 152 of The Electricity Act, 2003, the composition is permissible only with a consumer or any person, who committed or is reasonably suspected of having committed an offence of electricity theft as per Section 135 of The Electricity Act.
₹ 400-cr investment scam: Probe delayed inordinately, Punjab and Haryana HC seeks status report from DGP
Miffed over the “inordinate” delay in probe into a ₹ 400 crore investment scam in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana high court has sought a status report from the director general of police (DGP) in a seven years’ old case.
Dismissed deputy superintendent of police Balwinder Singh Sekhon and Ludhiana resident Pardeep Sharma were found guilty of circulating derogatory videos against judges
Khan Daulat Dharamshala had moved the high court arguing that as per the 2003 notification of the Haryana Urban Development Department, the building is eligible for exemption from house tax
Post-matric scholarship: HC show cause notice to Punjab chief secy for ‘willful disobedience’ of court orders
The Punjab and Haryana HC has issued a show cause notice of contempt to the Punjab chief secretary and director, department of social justice and empowerment of minorities, seeking a fresh compliance report from the state within 15 days on disbursal of funds meant for the post-matric scholarship.
The Punjab and Haryana HC has ordered restoration of bus permits of three buses of Indo-Canadian Bus Service, being run between Amritsar and Delhi airport, cancelled on January 7, 2022, by then Congress government in a mega crackdown launched ahead of assembly elections.
Graveyard land earmarked before 1947 can’t be put to other use even if no burial has taken at the site for years together, the Punjab and Haryana high court has held.
Woman cop was part of a team that nabbed wanted criminal Vicky Kadian in 2013; her male colleagues were promoted, but she wasn’t elevated
A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed PSPCL’s appeal against the single judge order of July 2022, according to which PSPCL was told to pay capacity charges to these two firms
Chandigarh is a ‘successor state’, only the Union ministry of home affairs is its ‘appropriate government’ and can make its rules, says court
Punjab local bodies department had disqualified him as a Mohali municipal corporation councillor for presiding over meetings as the finance and contract committee (F&CC) chairman, in which tenders were awarded to a society of which he was a member
In an important judgment, the Punjab and Haryana high court has said that the courts have to grant or deny bail to an accused in drugs seizure cases on the basis of its “subjective satisfaction” based on an “objective assessment” of the material brought before it by the prosecution.
The accused was booked in a durgs seizure case registered at police station Asauda in Jhajjar on June 4, 2021. He is behind bars for one-and-a-half year now. The Punjab and Haryana HC has granted bail to a drug accused who is from Jhajjar in Haryana