The tussle between judicial and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials over parking row in Sonepat has escalated.
Haryana IAS officer Sangeeta Tetarwal, who was earlier Ganaur sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), had filed a police complaint in the first week of June against two judicial officers accusing them of obstructing her official vehicle. But now, it has emerged that the then Sonepat sessions judge DS Sheoran had inquired into the matter and had recommended for initiating contempt proceedings against Tetarwal and then Sonepat DC Rajiv Rattan for making false complaint.
On the one hand, replying to sessions judge report, Rattan, who is posted as National Health Mission (NHM) director, said, “I do not want to comment on it. When the report comes, I will reply to it in writing.”
On the other hand, Tetarwal, who is now Dabwali SDM, said, “I was the complainant, but I was never heard. I did not have any information about this inquiry.” She was praised for her role during the February Jat agitation in Prakash Singh Committee Report.
Rattan had forwarded Tetarwal’s complaint to the inspecting judge concerned of the Punjab and Haryana high court on January 22. In the complaint, she had mentioned that on December 14, 2015, vehicles of judicial officers — subdivisional judicial magistrate and judicial magistrate first class — obstructed the way of her parked official vehicle and didn’t pay heed to verbal requests.
Rattan had also complained about the attachment of Tetarwal’s car in an execution case.
On February 27, high court asked Sonepat sessions judge DS Sheoran to look into the matter. On March 9, Sheoran submitted his report before registrar general of the high court, where he said, Tetarwal and Rattan “have stuffed the frog to imitate buffalo”.
Sheoran said false evidences were presented in the form of photographs of an unused vehicle permanently parked in the porch by claiming it to be the SDM’s official vehicle.
But, rubbishing the claims, Tetarwal said, “It was not an unused vehicle. It was constantly being used. It was time for panchayati raj institutions elections and I was allotted two vehicles.”
Then, sessions judge also accused Tetarwal of obstructing the way of judges by installing chains on both sides of the porch. He commented that both Tetarwal and Rattan being IAS officers were “nourishing superiority complex that they are in capacity to compel the judicial officers to bow them at their knees”.
He added that the IAS officers were still living in colonial past with egotistic attitude and cited the judgment of All India Judges’ Association case to say that there was no parity between the two at whatever level.