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

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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

Probe pending in 12 cases against MLAs, MPs: Police to HC

In a report submitted in the HC the Punjab police have listed out steps taken for speeding up the probes and trials

The Punjab and Haryana high court. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:51 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

SC reservation: 2% job quota for Vimukat Jatis, Bazigars to prevail in Punjab, says HC

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.”

The instructions were issued under Article 162 of the Constitution by the Punjab government, according to which the state has the power to issue instructions in the exercise of its executive powers.
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 12:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Denying bail to elderly amounts to cruelty: Punjab and Haryana HC

Punjab and Haryana HC Grants relief to 80-year-old Ludhiana man accused in a case of cheating and forgery

Punjab and Haryana HC Grants relief to 80-year-old Ludhiana man accused in a case of cheating and forgery.
Updated on Apr 15, 2023 12:42 AM IST

Officers not applying mind while exercising powers: High Court

The high court asks Punjab chief secretary to apprise it whether officers are being given adequate training regarding it

The bench of Punjab and Haryana high court said training will help in mitigating chances of avoidable litigation.
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 01:19 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC: Put troublemakers in jail till Jalandhar temple body polls

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.

The bench, presided over by justice Rajbir Sehrawat, has also directed that no court or any other authority would entertain any suit, petition or representation regarding the issue. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 01:13 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Drugs menace: Harsh steps required, otherwise this dark period won’t be over in Punjab: HC

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”.

The observation came during the plea from one Harnoor Singh from Rajasthan , who was booked in a drugs case on March 9, 2022 in Hoshiarpur. (Representational Photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 12:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

NSA invoked against Amritpal Singh, Punjab tells high court

“You have 80,000 cops, how did Amritpal Singh escape?” Punjab and Haryana high court asks state govt, while deferring hearing for a week

Sikh radical leader and Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh (centre) has been absconding since Saturday. The stringent NSA Act has been invoked against him and his role is being probed in five criminal cases. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 01:56 PM IST

HC seeks fresh affidavit from Panchkula DC on Amravati Enclave residents’ plea

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 high court bench of justice AG Masih and justice Vikram Aggarwal, while posting the matter for July 20, asked the Panchkula deputy commissioner to file a fresh response within four weeks. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Updated on Mar 19, 2023 05:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Quark City developer’s plea: HC asks commissioner to decide dispute expeditiously

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 Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the commissioner, panchayat, Mohali, to decide the dispute between the panchayats and an international firm, the developer of Quark City, on the ownership of 1,047-acre land in Mohali’s Majri block, where the latter’s super mega project was to come up. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Need higher degree of proof to summon additional accused after framing of charges, says HC

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 court observed that the accused sought to be summoned had been duly named in the FIR and a specific role has been clearly attributed to him and the allegations are further substantiated with the medical evidence on record.
Published on Mar 07, 2023 02:11 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Electricity theft: Consumers let off, electrician who tampered with meters to face trial in 31 FIRs

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.

Electricity department officials had inspected the premises of consumers in Dhankot village and found them indulging in electricity theft. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

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.

Dissatisfied court, over state’s handling of the matter, observed that eight months have passed since matter was sent to the DGP but remained pending with his office. (Representational Photo (Getty Images/iStockphoto) )
Published on Feb 28, 2023 10:27 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab ex-DSP, Ludhiana resident get six months’ jail for contempt of court

Dismissed deputy superintendent of police Balwinder Singh Sekhon and Ludhiana resident Pardeep Sharma were found guilty of circulating derogatory videos against judges

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday sentenced dismissed DSP Balwinder Singh Sekhon and Ludhiana resident Pardeep Sharma to six months’ imprisonment after finding them guilty of circulating derogatory videos against judges. (Representational photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 03:38 PM IST

Dharamshalas not liable to pay property tax in Haryana, says high court

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

The Punjab and Haryana high court has said that dharamshalas allowing marriage functions on nominal rates do not amount to commercial activity and are not liable to pay property tax in Haryana.
Published on Feb 22, 2023 02:37 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

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.

TheHC bench of justice Arvind Sangwan acted on the contempt pleas filed in 2017 by some colleges in which it was alleged that court orders on the release of funds under post-matric scholarship have not been complied with. (Representational Photo (Shutterstock))
Published on Feb 17, 2023 11:15 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC restores permits of Badal firm run bus service to Delhi airport

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.

The court observed that there was no embargo on a contract carriage to pick up or set down passengers who are included in the contract. (Representational Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 12:51 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Pre-partition graveyard land can’t be put to other use: Punjab and Haryana HC

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.

The court was hearing appeals from Punjab in which gram panchayats in some districts had leased the land to private persons as no burial had taken place since long. (Representational Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 10:56 PM IST

High court orders promotion of woman cop, slaps 25k fine on Haryana

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

The bench of justice MSR Rao and justice Sukhvinder Kaur observed that the court failed to see how a promotion for exhibiting bravery would have any connection with the minimum period of service required for promotion.
Published on Feb 06, 2023 12:29 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High court directs PSPCL to pay capacity charges to two power firms

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

The high court division bench of justice AG Masih and justice Alok Jain upheld the single-judge order observing that it is binding on the PSPCL to make the payment.
Published on Feb 04, 2023 01:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab rules cannot be simply extended to Chandigarh, says HC

Chandigarh is a ‘successor state’, only the Union ministry of home affairs is its ‘appropriate government’ and can make its rules, says court

Other than the Union ministry of home affairs, no other ministry or department is authorised to interfere with Chandigarh’s affairs, said the HC bench of justice Rajbir Sehrawat. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High court stays Punjab order to remove Mohali mayor in conflict of interest case

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

Mohali mayor Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, the younger brother of former Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, was removed as councillor on December 28 by the Punjab local bodies department that indicted him in a conflict of interest case. The removal was stayed by the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday. (HT file photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 01:12 PM IST

Reasonable grounds for bail in drug cases are subjective: Punjab and Haryana HC

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 bench further recorded that the “reasonable grounds” as envisaged in law would mean credible, plausible grounds for the court to believe that the accused person is not guilty (or not) of the alleged offence. (Representational Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 01:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC grants bail to drug accused as cops play truant in trial proceedings

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

The Punjab and Haryana HC has granted bail to a drug accused from Jhajjar in Haryana as cops who had to depose in the case were not appearing before the trial court to depose as witnesses. (Getty Images/ Representational image)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 11:36 PM IST
By, Chandigarh
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