The Punjab and Haryana high court judge justice Jasbir Singh has said that had the report of justice Paramjit Singh Dhaliwal reached in time, suspended additional district and sessions judge Hemant Gopal would not have been a special CBI judge.
He said that the inquiry against the suspended ADSJ on the bribery charge was underway and his fate would be decided after full investigation. Justice Jasbir, who is next in the hierarchy after the high court chief justice, said corruption at any level was intolerable.
“Judiciary has strong mechanism to shunt out the officers who have doubtful integrity. Every year, we remove some judges posted in different districts on the basis of secret reports. This is not in any other service, be it the IAS and the IPS or the State Civil Services,” the judge said.
On the posting of Hemant Gopal as CBI judge, he said that the confidential report of Justice Dhaliwal was submitted in May 2012, whereas Gopal was posted four months before. “But the inquiry is on and justice will be done,” he said.
Denying that the high court had made stringent rules for filing public-interest petitions, justice Jasbir said it was the need of the hour. “We found that almost 40 to 50% PILs were filed at the instance of others or vested interests, so we have decided to frame rules. The high court is still open to taking up public causes and it even takes suo-motu notice from time to time,” he said.
The judge hoped that the pedency of the cases in various courts would be lowered with appointment of more judges in the districts.
Special CBI judge Hemant Gopal is under suspension after a secret inquiry has found him prima-facie guilty of taking bribe.
Former legislator and Akali leader Mangat Rai Bansal had lodged the complaint against the judge along with a video footage in which an alleged middleman of the judge is collecting the bribe money at the residence of Bansal, who was convicted in a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case of paddy embezzlement.