The Punjab government informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday that it had decided to retain Moga MLA Joginder Pal Jain as chairman of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC).
The high court on the earlier date of hearing had directed the state government to reconsider its decision of Jain's appointment in December last year.
However, the court headed by chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, on Monday, kept the entire record of Jain's appointment as chairman, brought in the court, for examination before passing final orders in the case. The case will now come up for hearing on October 23.
In its order dated January 7, 1992, a Delhi trial court had sentenced Jain to one-year imprisonment for using a forged passport when he was caught on January 19, 1988, by the immigration authorities before moving to Hong Kong via Bangkok, for possessing a passport that was in the name of Mohan Lal on which Jain's photograph was pasted.
During the arguments, when asked by the court on advocate general Ashok Aggarwal's earlier stand that Jain had handed him over the resignation, he said, "His resignation is always in my pocket, even today. I stand by what I had said on the last date of hearing." He said this had been done as "I do not want a public man to face ignominy of an adverse order coming from the high court."
Aggarwal maintained that despite his conviction in a case, Jain was eligible to hold the post of chairman. The order passed by financial commissioner development, Punjab, on September 13, submitted to the court on Monday, reads, "Having considered the material before the government with regard to the criminal cases lodged/pending/decided against Joginder Pal Jain, the state government allows the continuation of Jain as director of the state warehousing corporation and also as chairman of the state warehousing corporation as notified vide a letter dated December 27, 2012."
The petitioner had also raised the issue before the court that before appointment of a person as chairman of PSWC, it was necessary to appoint him as a director first. Whereas the copy of the order issued by the Punjab chief minister on December 27, 2012, from camp office in New Delhi, had directed financial commissioner (development), "Joginder Pal Jain, resident of Moga, is appointed as chairman of Punjab Warehousing Corporation…formal order in this regard be issued immediately."