The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the court administration to put up an application before the acting chief justice on the administrative side, seeking early hearing of pending appeals of Punjab cops whose conviction has been stayed.
The directions came from the special division bench comprising acting chief justice MM Kumar and justice RN Raina during resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by advocate HC Arora. In his application, Arora submitted that there were about 16 police officials who were convicted but their appeals were pending before the high court.
The petitioner prayed that the appeals of such convicted cops should be listed for early hearing so that either they may be absolved of the crime or be finally convicted and removed from service, as per the case.
In his original public interest litigation, Arora had sought quashing of a circular issued by the Punjab DGP on May 18, 2010, protecting from dismissal the cops who had been convicted of offences for which the prescribed punishment was less than three years.
In a related public interest litigation filed by an NGO, Resurgence India, seeking action against 1,398 tainted cops, as per RTI information, the bench directed the Punjab government to file the action-taken report against police officials within a week.
Both PILs would now come up for hearing on May 28.