The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday quashed a trial court order that had summoned state education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema in a forgery case dating back to 2007.
The order by the bench of justice Ajay Tewari came on the petition filed by Cheema, who is also the secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The detailed order was awaited when this report was filed.
The case of alleged forgery was filed in a Hoshiarpur court by Socialist Party (India) vice-president Balwant Singh Khera, who had accused the SAD of keeping two contradictory constitutions and submitting one to the Gurdwara Election Commission and the other to the Election Commission of India.
On August 6 last year, the court of additional sessions judge, Hoshiarpur, had directed Cheema to ensure his presence, along with relevant records, during a hearing on August 28.
The Hoshiarpur court had dismissed Cheema’s revision petition against the summoning orders, stating that though he was an accused, he had been summoned only as a witness for the complainant and to produce records against himself.
Cheema later moved high court, which had stayed the order on August 25 last year.