Punjab News HC issues contempt of court notice to DGP


Staff member
Ludhiana July 18:

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a contempt of court notice to state Director General of Police (DGP) Paramdeep Singh Gill for having failed to comply with its orders, in which he was directed to take appropriate action against former Moga district magistrate (DM) Satwant Singh Johal, former Moga SSP Ashok Bath and Naib Tehsildar Jaspal Singh Brar in an alleged case of cheating.

Local Congress leader Harinderjit Singh — a resident of Rode village — had lodged a complaint with the police that under political pressure, the above mentioned persons had tried to prevent him from contesting the 2008 Zila Parishad polls against the SAD(B)-BJP candidate.

According to Singh, he had filed his nomination papers on a Congress ticket. On May 11, 2008 Atma Singh — from the SAD — moved an application before the DM alleging that he (Singh) holds three different voter identity cards — one from Rode village and two from Baghapurana. The complaint was marked to Jaspal Brar by DM Satwant Johal for investigation. The same day, however, an FIR under Section 420 of the IPC was slapped against Singh and he was arrested, claimed the complainant.

Following this, Singh moved a local court in Moga, which discharged him from the charges on July 30, 2010. Alleging harassment, he moved an application before the DGP to take action against Atma Singh, Satwant Johal, Ashok Bath and Jaspal Brar. When no action was taken, he moved the high court. On February 4, 2011, Justice Ritu Bahri directed the DGP “to look into the representation and pass appropriate orders as per law within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of certified copy of this order”. The court will hear the case on September 19.