Another division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday will take up the suo motu petition into the Moga bus molestation incident, in which a 13-year-old girl had died after being molested and thrown off a moving bus.
The petition has been listed for hearing before the bench of justice Hemant Gupta and justice Lisa Gill. A division bench comprising justice Satish Kumar Mittal had recused from hearing the petition on Monday.
The high court had initiated the proceedings after a letter from former president of Chandigarh Rotary Club seeking high court intervention in the incident. Raj Kumar Luther, a senior citizen and a resident of SAS Nagar, had written the letter saying he was “shocked and highly disturbed” to read reports about the “death of a young girl jumping off the running bus along with her mother to escape molestation by the bus conductor and goondas in the bus.”
The incident took place last Wednesday when a teenage girl along with her mother boarded a private bus owned by Orbit Aviation, belonging to the ruling Badal family, in Moga. Both mother and daughter were allegedly thrown off the moving bus after molestation. The victim girl later succumbed to her injuries.
Along with the suo motu petition, the two applications -- one by RTI activist HC Arora raising the ‘conflict of interest’ issue in case of Orbit Aviation owned by the Badals, among others, and another by senior advocate RS Bains have also been clubbed.