HC show-cause discover to Janjua, Bhandari
Chandigarh, January 3
The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom has issued discover to Punjab Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Janjua and Principal Secretary Rahul Bhandari to point out trigger why proceedings beneath the Contempt of Courts Act be not initiated towards them. The 2 have additionally been requested to point out trigger why prices, as prayed for, be not awarded within the petitioner’s favour.
The discover by Justice BS Walia got here on a contempt petition filed by Rajesh Bhatia via counsel Sukhandeep Singh, alleging “wilful and deliberate” disobedience of excessive courtroom orders. Amongst different issues, he contended on the petitioner’s behalf that until date the 2 respondents had wilfully did not comply and implement the judgment dated September 15, 2022.
“Respondent Lalit Pathak, regardless of the instructions of this courtroom quashing his appointment letter dated June 11, 2021, and June 23, 2021, is holding the put up of president, District Client Disputes Redressal Fee, at Kapurthala in full disregard to the judgment dated September 15, 2022,” he added.
Taking over the matter, Justice Walia additionally took word of the counsel’s competition that steps had not been taken by way of the choice “to proceed within the matter afresh in accordance with the advice dated April 5, 2021, made by the choice committee duly conveyed vide communication dated April 6, 2021. Due to this fact, respondents Janjua and Bhandari are liable to be punished beneath the Act, 1971, apart from the petitioner awarded exemplary prices”.
Justice Walia additionally mounted the case for additional listening to on January 31 after the state counsel requested for a brief adjournment to file a compliance report-cum-reply after accepting discover on behalf of the 2 respondents.
“The compliance report-cum-reply be filed one week earlier than the date mounted with the copy to the counsel for the petitioner, failing which the reply will likely be accepted by the Registry/in courtroom solely topic to the fee of Rs10,000 value,” Justice Walia concluded.