HC imposes Rs 1-lakh prices on inspector

HC imposes Rs 1-lakh prices on inspector



Tribune Information Service

Saurabh Malik

Chandigarh, January 18

In an out-of-the-ordinary judgment, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom has imposed Rs 1 lakh prices on an insecticide inspector, whereas making it clear that the quantity was to be paid from his “private pocket”. The course got here after Justice Deepak Gupta noticed that delayed motion on the inspector’s half resulted within the accused-petitioners going scot-free in proceedings below the provisions of the Pesticides Act.

Justice Gupta was listening to a petition looking for the quashing of a criticism case dated December 6, 2017, below the Pesticides Act pending adjudication within the Moga Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace’s court docket. Instructions had been additionally looked for quashing the summoning order and all consequential proceedings arising out of it with regard to the petitioners.

Justice Gupta asserted {that a} perusal of the paper e-book indicated that the insecticide inspector visited a fertiliser retailer earlier than drawing a pattern of an insecticide. The report of a pattern obtained from an insecticide testing laboratory declared the pattern “misbranded”.

Taking over the matter, Justice Gupta asserted that the prosecution launched by the respondent was past the interval of limitation. As such, the criticism, the impugned summoning order and all consequential proceedings had been liable to be quashed.

Earlier than parting with the case, Justice Gupta asserted that the court docket want to level out the negligent and lackadaisical angle of the respondent. The insecticide laboratory despatched its report on June 25, 2014, however the sanction was utilized on November 28, 2016.

Even when it was assumed that the insecticide inspector initiated his half by writing a letter to the Chief Agriculture Officer on November 9, 2016, as contended by him, it nonetheless took him greater than two years and 4 months to jot down for initiating authorized prosecution in opposition to the petitioners-accused.

The letter, dated April 7, 2017, vide which the sanctioning authority gave its consent to launch the prosecution, was particularly endorsed to insecticide inspector Taranjit Singh. “No matter would be the purpose, this delay resulted in going of the accused/petitioners scot-free. For the act and conduct of the respondent, he have to be burdened with exemplary value. As such, insecticide inspector Taranjit Singh is burdened with value of Rs 1,00,000 to be paid from his private pocket,” he mentioned.

‘Delay helped Accused’

Justice Deepak Gupta noticed that delayed motion on the inspector’s half resulted within the accused-petitioners going scot-free in proceedings below the provisions of the Pesticides Act





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