The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a showcause notice to the inspector general (IG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as to why contempt of court proceedings be not initiated against him for not providing security to the woman assaulted by Punjab cops in Tarn Taran on March 3 and her relatives despite court directions.
The directions came from justice Ranjit Singh on Friday when Gurvinder Singh Sidhu, counsel for Harbrinder Kaur (the victim), moved an application before the court that the CRPF had failed to comply with court orders issued on March 19 for providing protection to the victim and her relatives. As of now, the Chandigarh police are providing protection to the petitioner and her relatives as per earlier court directions.
On March 3, Tarn Taran cops had slapped and hit Harbrinder and her family members with lathis. The Supreme Court had taken suo motu notice of the case when video recording of the incident was flashed on news channels on March 4.
Appearing for the Centre, senior standing counsel Onkar Singh Batalvi informed the court that till date no security had been provided, but at the same time he submitted that the CRPF had already assigned a battalion to the Punjab government from which the security could be provided.
However, the court observed that the same reply was also submitted by the Centre earlier in the court, to which the Punjab government counsel had replied that the CRPF battalion was deployed for VVIP security and withdrawing cops from it would be at the cost of VVIP security.
The court also said that the directions to provide CRPF security were issued when assistant solicitor general Anmol Rattan Sidhu had no objection to providing CRPF security to the petitioners.
The case would now come up for hearing on March 25.