Ex-DGP Virk’s plea referred to another bench


Staff member
Chandigarh March 31:

The State of Punjab today succeeded in getting the former state Director-General of Police (DGP) SS Virk’s petition referred to another Bench. The case was placed before Justice Ranjit Singh, but he recused himself from hearing the case.

The former top cop is seeking the quashing of an FIR registered against him in a corruption case on September 8, 2007. He has been accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. As the case came up for hearing, the state counsel placed before Justice Ranjit Singh an affidavit stating that the court had posed a query whether the state had any objections in the case being heard by the Bench. It was added that the state indeed had objections if the case was heard by the Bench.

Taking on record the assertion, Justice Ranjit Singh referred the petition to another Bench. It will now be placed before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for further orders. Punjab Additional Advocate-General Rupinder Khosla on Tuesday had raised verbal objections to the case being heard by the Bench of Justice Ranjit Singh.

Refusing to take note of the verbal assertion, Justice Ranjit Singh, in his one line order, had observed: “Rupinder Khosla objects to the case being heard by this Bench. He is asked to file an affidavit in regard to the objection.” Justice Ranjit Singh also gave the state a day’s time to do the needful by fixing the case for.