The Punjab government informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday that it had withdrawn the March 4 notification of appointing former principal secretary, home, DS Bains as chairman of the Punjab Police Complaints Authority (PCA) and its two members Sube Singh (former DGP) and BR Garg (former additional sessions judge).
The division bench, comprising justices Jasbir Singh and HS Sidhu, was also informed that the state government on May 4 had also withdrawn the two other notifications of March 4, through which rules for setting up the state-level PCA and district-level PCAs were notified.
When the petitioner's counsel raised the argument questioning the Punjab government's action of also withdrawing the March 4 notifications regarding rules for setting up state-level and district-level PCAs, the court took a serious note of it and directed the state to file an affidavit stating the reasons for its action. The court was informed that the high court, in its order of September 18 last year, had directed both states to set up district-level PCAs in three months.
The division bench also expressed its displeasure over the Chandigarh administration's decision of appointing former adviser to the Chandigarh administrator, Pardeep Mehra, as chairman of the UT PCA.
The court observed that the UT administration did not ask for names of retired judges from the high court registrar for the post of the PCA chairman and only contacted retired Supreme Court judge Kuldeep Singh and former chief justice of Allahabad high court, SS Sodhi.
The Haryana government requested the court for some more time to appoint chairman of its PCA since it had to amend the law for making the PCA a multi-member body.
The court has adjourned the matter for May 15.