A lower court judge in Haryana, who had set a record of sorts delivering 148 judgments in a day, on September 1 last year, has been dismissed on the recommendation of the Punjab and Haryana high court for not maintaining conduct as required of a judicial officer.
The HC decided to "dispense with the services" of Ashwani Kumar Shori, additional district and sessions judge, Sirsa, on May 19 on the basis of findings of an inquiry into complaints against him.
The Haryana government on May 31 issued a notification on Shori’s dismissal. Shori could not be reached for comment. It is not known whether he will challenge his dismissal.
Justice Ajai Lamba of the HC had submitted a report stating complaints were received against Shori, when he was the additional district and sessions judge at Kaithal. A copy of the report is with HT.
The report stated an inquiry into a written complaint against Shori found he shifted his focus towards the "whistleblower" in a case to save a senior officer under his influence. This inquiry was conducted on a complaint made in February last year by the then Kaithal additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Sanjeev Verma.
Verma, now Panchkula ADC, had submitted that he had unearthed an illegal racket involving the then Kaithal deputy commissioner RK Kataria and officials of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
Later an FIR was registered against a Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan official and others at city police station Kaithal. The case came up in Shori's court.
As per the report, Shori had called Verma to his chamber and allegedly tried to impress upon him to refrain from pursuing the case against the interest of Kataria.
Justice Lamba had also mentioned in his report that when Shori assumed charge as additional district and sessions judge, Ambala, in 2006, he took a mobile phone and SIM card in the name of an assistant public prosecutor in his court.
The report said, "Shori has also been found to be using a car owned by a firm of Ludhiana."