Patiala

Contempt proceedings against jail official adjourned

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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  • Updated: May 05, 2012 09:34 IST

A Chandigarh court on Saturday adjourned the hearing in the contempt of court proceedings against Patiala jail superintendent Lakhwinder Singh Jakhar to June 6.


The court of additional district and sessions judge Shalini Nagpal adjourned the hearing for arguments on the reply filed by Jakhar, saying "the court will take up the case on June 6 as there are a lot of other cases to be heard".

Jakhar, in his reply before the court on April 25, had tendered an unconditional apology for refusing to execute Beant Singh assassination convict Balwant Singh Rajoana. The court had issued a contempt of court notice to Jakhar for returning the death warrants.

"The superintendent, Patiala jail, has not once, but on two occasions, refused to execute the warrants of death sentence by way of written communication on March 19 and March 24. By doing this, he had intended to interfere with the due course of judicial proceedings, obstruct the administration of justice and also lower the authority of the court," the court had observed.

 

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