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

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443 properties razed in Nuh, all after July 31 violence: Govt report

The report also indicates that no property was demolished a week prior to the July 31 incident. However, prior notices were served. In Gurugram, only one property was demolished post violence.

A bulldozer being used to demolish an ‘illegally constructed’ hotel in violence-hit Nuh. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 12:31 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Incidental relation of chronic illness with death no grounds to reject mediclaims: HC

HC pulls up insurer for repudiating claim on grounds of non-disclosure without independent probe to link death with chronic ailment

The court order came on the plea of Ambala resident Sushma Sareen, who had challenged the April 12, 2017, order of the Insurance Ombudsman in two policies bought by her husband in 2012 and 2013. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 03:47 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC nudges Chandigarh on spas functioning; advises to adopt Delhi rules

The court was hearing an anticipatory bail plea moved by Nagaraj T, a Sector-35 spa owner, who was booked under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 on July 12, 2023

The petitioner alleged that he was framed by the police. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 15, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ludhiana City Centre case: HC disposes of ex-MLA Bains, Delhi architect’s plea to join proceedings

The Punjab and Haryana high court has disposed of pleas from former MLA and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) leader Simarjeet Singh Bains and a Delhi architect seeking permission to intervene in the Ludhiana City Centre scam case

The Punjab and Haryana high court has disposed of pleas from former MLA and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) leader Simarjeet Singh Bains and a Delhi architect seeking permission to intervene in the Ludhiana City Centre scam case.
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:19 AM IST

Nod for probe pending against 46 officials, politicians: Punjab VB to HC

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the probe against 46 officials and politicians (FIRs as well as vigilance inquiries) are pending for nod before 13 departments of the state government

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the probe against 46 officials and politicians (FIRs as well as vigilance inquiries) are pending for nod before 13 departments of the state government.
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 01:07 AM IST

Ludhiana, Amritsar jails among most overcrowded in Punjab

Ludhiana, Amritsar and Patiala jails are among most overcrowded in Punjab, according to a report filed by the inspector general of police, jails (headquarters) in the Punjab and Haryana high court

Ludhiana, Amritsar and Patiala jails are among most overcrowded in Punjab, according to a report filed by the inspector general of police, jails (headquarters) in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 12:44 AM IST

Punjab and Haryana HC acquits 3 in drugs seizure case as police theory falls flat

Police had stated in August 2007, they had received a secret information that accused Sukhwinder Singh, Arjun Singh and Manohar Lal were indulging in the sale of poppy husk and other intoxicants. A raid was conducted and five bags of poppy husk weighing 24 kg each and one bag weighing 19 kg was recovered from their possession.

Punjab and Haryana high court has acquitted three persons arrested in a 2007 drugs seizure case as police deviated from procedural safeguards to be followed in such cases for ensuring a fair probe. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 12:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ex-PGI director alleges “mala fide attempts” by Dr Vivek Lal to thwart his appointment as dean

Former officiating director of the institute and well-known paediatrician, Surjit Singh, has accused Lal of making “malafide attempts” to keep him away from the post of dean academic, stating that he had refused to accede to Lal’s “illegal demands” made in respect of the latter’s son, an MD student at the institute.

Former officiating director of the institute and well-known paediatrician Surjit Singh. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 01:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Quasi-judicial bodies must record reasons for decision on complaints: HC

Says it facilitates the process of judicial review by the superior courts and is also necessary for sustaining the litigants’ faith in the justice delivery system

The court while quashing the order on closure of complaint, termed it as “non-speaking and cryptic” and said it deserved to be quashed on this ground alone and asked the commission to decide it afresh.
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 11:58 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Bail cancellation a serious matter; not to be dealt with in mechanical manner: HC

The Punjab and Haryana high court observed while rejecting a plea from a Haryana woman, who had sought bail cancellation of three accused in a criminal case registered on her complaint

Bail cancellation a serious matter; not to be dealt with in mechanical manner: HC
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 01:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panchkula RWA, HSVP at odds over ‘conversion’ of school plot into group housing society

The RWA, House Owner Welfare Association, Sector 21, Panchkula, has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court, challenging a public notice of June 16 by HSVP for auction of the site in question for a group housing society, alleging that the land earmarked for high school is sought to be altered for the group housing project.

A residents’ welfare association (RWA) in Panchkula has dragged Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) to high court over the alleged conversion of a school plot into a group housing society site. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 06:52 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panchkula stilt plus four: For damage to neighbours’ houses, HC tells plot owners to deposit 15L

Two petitions were from one Shantanu Singh, a Sector-4 resident, Panchkula, and Poonam Aggarwal, a Sector-7 resident. As per their petitions in high court, their houses have got damaged due to construction by adjoining plot holders.

A Sector-7 resident has put up a poster, declaring her house a dangerous building after cracks appeared in the walls due to construction of basement in the adjoining plot. (SANT ARORA/HT)
Updated on Jun 28, 2023 05:39 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Hostile witness must be recalled if he wants to depose: Punjab and Haryana HC

he Punjab and Haryana HC has said that a hostile witness in a criminal trial on account of threats or allurement if wants to depose ‘truthfully/differently’ must be re-called and re-examined.

The court’s observation came on the plea of an SBS Nagar resident, Surjit Singh, who was a complainant in an FIR registered in 2017. (Representational Photo (Shutterstock) )
Updated on Jun 17, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Habeas corpus plea: Punjab DGP told to produce missing minor boy in high court on June 13

During the proceedings of the habeas corpus plea, filed by his father on June 8, it has come to light that despite being minor, he was taken to the police station by the cops. As per police records, he was handed over to some village heads, and not to his parents.

Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has directed the Punjab director general of police (DGP) to produce before it a minor, who had gone missing while the police was probing him in a theft case, by June 13. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 11, 2023 12:47 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana HC rules against paternity test demand from live-in partner’s daughter

The court was hearing a plea from a Mansa man, who had challenged a family court order, which had allowed application of his live-in partner’s daughter for a DNA test of him, in a suit filed by her seeking declaration as his daughter.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled against DNA test demand from a Mansa girl, who had demanded the same in order to prove paternity from her mother’s live-in partner. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 10, 2023 03:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PCS recruitment (judicial branch): Punjab and Haryana HC turns down demand for fresh expert panel

Punjab and Haryana HC has dismissed nearly two dozen petitions, mainly seeking constitution of fresh expert panel to examine questions and answers key put out of preliminary exam of judicial officers’ recruitment in Punjab.

The court said it had examined details of objections raised by the petitioners. (Representational Photo (Shutterstock) )
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 12:59 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High court: Rash driving, negligence can’t be presumed unless supported by evidence

The prosecution case was that the truck driver in question hit a scooter wherein a person was riding with his wife in June 1999 at a traffic light in Amritsar

The prosecution case was that the truck driver in question hit a scooter wherein a person was riding with his wife in June 1999 at a traffic light in Amritsar.
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 12:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC summons Mohali SSP, DC over ‘nuisance’ by religious gatherings

The HC bench of justice BS Walia and justice Lalit Batra ordered presence of both the officers, as the court was told that authorities had not acted despite repeated complaints, a representation in August 2022 and a legal notice in April 2023

The plea was initially filed on May 19 by the Residents’ Welfare Association, Block E, Aero City, Mohali, highlighting that park number 3, which was part of development plan of Aerocity, had been encroached upon by sewadar/mahant of a Gugga Marri. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 23, 2023 01:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Public prosecutor not post office, must apply mind, says Punjab and Haryana high court

Bench quashes a Haryana court order whereby police got time beyond statutory period of 180 days to probe a drugs case

The court observed that before seeking extension of time, the public prosecutor, after an independent application of mind to such a request, is required to make a report to the court indicating the progress of probe and disclosing justification for keeping the accused in further custody and enabling the police to complete investigation.
Updated on May 20, 2023 11:31 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

UAPA accused entitled for bail if prosecution nod is delayed: Punjab and Haryana HC

Punjab and Haryana HC has held that an accused arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, is entitled for default bail if government fails to accord prosecution sanction within timeframe fixed for the same

HC has ruled that prosecution sanction has to be mandatorily accorded within seven days from filing of probe report by the investigating agency. (Representational Photo (Shutterstock) )
Updated on May 18, 2023 10:33 PM IST

Punjab and Haryana HC refuses to grant protection to Muslim man, second wife

Punjab and Haryana HC bench of justice Sanjay Vashisth observed that the petitioner has failed to satisfy the court that what kind of justice he is providing to his first wife. The court recorded that the petitioner’s lawyer was not able to give a satisfactory answer as to why the earlier wife was not associated with the proceedings.

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has refused to grant protection to a Nuh Muslim man and his second wife as the court found that the first one has not been associated with proceedings. (Getty Images/ Representational image)
Updated on May 18, 2023 02:45 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana HC quashes govt’s order to remove Jalalabad municipal council chief

The Punjab and Haryana HC has quashed the February 17 order of the Punjab government removing Vikas Deep, president of the Jalalabad municipal council.

The matter be decided within two weeks thereafter, the bench said. (Representational Photo (Shutterstock) )
Updated on May 10, 2023 11:23 PM IST

For protests in Panchkula, organisers have to reveal property, bank details

Will be liable to pay for any damages caused by protesters; prior permission must from SDM, as per the standard operating procedure readied by Haryana government

The SOP was submitted in a public interest litigation filed by one Neetu Bajaj, a doctor, and Shivani Sahni, a lawyer, after sarpanches protesting against Haryana government’s e-tendering policy had laid siege to the Chandigarh-Panchkula border on March 1. (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2023 01:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Accused in Gurugram school murder case to be tried as adult: High Court

A Class 2 student of a prominent school in Gurugram’s Bhondsi was found dead inside the school washroom on September 8, 2017

The high court bench of justice Anoop Chitkara upheld the order.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 05, 2023 03:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

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

Former director general of police (DGP) Siddharth Chattopadhyaya. (File photo)
Updated on May 05, 2023 12:35 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Names of nine lawyers recommended for appointment as Punjab and Haryana HC judges

The Punjab and Haryana High Court collegium is learnt to have recommended names of nine lawyers for elevation as judges in the HC.

The current strength of judges at the HC is 67 and is not going to change significantly even if all the names are cleared by the apex court and the Central government (Representational Photo (Shutterstock) )
Updated on May 03, 2023 10:27 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC refuses to quash FIR against car robbers despite compromise by Gurugram cabbie

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 HC has refused to quash a criminal case against three persons even as the Gurugram cabbie who was allegedly robbed off his car had compromised with the three accused. (Getty Images/ Representational image)
Updated on May 02, 2023 11:28 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Can’t deny prisoners opportunity to attend family functions: Punjab and Haryana high court

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 Punjab and Haryana high court allowed the plea observing that in ordinary circumstances, prisoners should not be denied the opportunity of attending a significant family function merely because the immediate relatives, in addition to friends and the neighbours, have become accustomed to usually caring for the family members of a person under incarceration. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 12:37 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High court to examine legal sanctity of Akal Takht ‘hukamnamas’

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.

Punjab and Haryana high court has said it would examine the legal sanctity of ‘hukamnamas’ (edicts) by the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, and other provisions of the law which bars any individual from preaching Sikh religion as a follower. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 02:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ranjit Sagar dam project: Job to oustee a concession not vested right, says high court

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.

The Punjab and Haryana high court in Chandigarh. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2023 02:47 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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