Bar secy offers unqualified apology for his behaviour

  • HT Correspondent, None, CHANDIGARH
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2015 17:24 IST

The Supreme Court has asked Punjab and Haryana high court acting chief justice SJ Vazifdar to assign the petition filed by the NRI sister of former cricketer-turned-actor Yograj Singh regarding Panchkula police’s failure in registering a molestation case before the “appropriate bench.”

The order came after Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association secretary Saurav Khurana submitted before the SC that he had only sought expunction of certain remarks recorded in the order against him and he was willing to tender “unqualified apology” for the same.

The Supreme Court disposed of the special leave petition filed by Kuljit Kaur, sister of Yograj Singh, on Monday with the observation that acting chief justice Punjab and Haryana high court might assign Kaur’s case to the “appropriate bench”.
The SC also allowed Khurana to approach the division bench of high court where he had filed appeal against strictures by a single judge bench.

SC in December had issued show-cause notice to Khurana and others and also asked why the case filed by Kaur on failure of the Panchkula police to register an FIR on her complaint of molestation not be transferred out of the HC.

Kaur had moved the SC after hearing on her petition was adjourned till February 27, 2015, in October 2014. She had submitted that she had nothing to do with the proceedings pending before the HC (stricture case) and had sought Supreme Court’s intervention over handling of the molestation case by HC.

In October 2014, Kaur had moved the high court alleging that the Panchkula police were harassing her by not registering an FIR on her complaint regarding molestation charges against retired deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Ashanand Narang and his two advocate sons Sumit Narang and Sunil Narang, residents of Sector 2, Panchkula. She had alleged that the accused molested her and her daughter Tanya during a brawl over parking on August 24, 2014.

However, during a hearing on October 16, the bench of justice K Kannan recorded in his order that the behaviour of Saurav Khurana, representing the respondent party, was ‘ill-becoming of a representative of the bar’ as he adopted ‘obstructive tactics’ to divert the case.

Khurana had challenged the strictures against him before a division bench comprising justices SK Mittal and Deepak Sibal who had fixed next date of hearing for February 12 and had requested the single judge bench to adjourn proceedings in original case beyond the date fixed for appeal hearing. Though the case came up for hearing before justice K Kannan later, it was adjourned for February 27, 2015.

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