The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday (03rd September) asked for details of the FIRs registered against all serving police officers in the State of Punjab including their nature and status.
The Single Bench of Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal also asked the State, through its home secretary, to specify the current posting of such officers.
Notably the bench was hearing the plea of a petitioner who contended that the order dismissing him from the service has been passed by Senior Superintendent of Police, Moga (respondent No.4) "without taking into consideration the order passed by the Inspector General of Police, Ferozepur Range, Ferozepur on 23.11.2018 whereby the petitioner had been reinstated in service after registration of FIR against him."
He further contended that the criminal case against the petitioner was pending adjudication and the removal of the petitioner was discriminatory inasmuch as a large number of police officers, who are facing criminal cases are still in service.
The Court issued notice to the respondents. On the request of Deepali Puri, Addl. AG, Punjab accepted notice on behalf of the respondents and prayed for time to file reply.
The Court allowed her to do so before the next date of hearing with an advance copy to counsel for the petitioner.
The matter has been listed for further hearing on 09.10.2020.
It may be noted that Punjab & Haryana High Court on Tuesday (08th September) dismissed the Anticipatory bail application (filed under S. 438 of CrPC) of Punjab's former Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini in the three-decade-old Multani kidnapping and murder case.
The Single Bench of Justice Fateh Deep Singh was hearing the Anticipatory Bail Application of the Petitioner Sumedh Singh Saini, wherein the allegations against him and others came from present complainant Palwinder Singh Multani son of Sh. Darshan Singh Multani, IAS (now deceased) and brother of Balwant Singh Multani.
Case Title: Surjit Singh v. State Of Punjab And Others
Case No.: CWP-12011-2020
Quorum: Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal
Appearance: Advocate Balbir Kumar Saini (for the Petitioner); Addl. AG, Punjab Deepali Puri (for the respondent-state).
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