HC tells Punjab advocate general to ensure notice served to Orbit Aviation by Tuesday

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 15, 2015 22:02 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed Punjab advocate general (AG) AK Aggarwal to get the notices served on the Orbit Aviation, the transport company owned by the Badals, in the Moga molestation incident.

As the hearing in the case began on Friday, the division bench of justices Hemant Gupta and Lisa Gill asked the advocate general whether the transport company had filed its reply. As the AG expressed ignorance, the court directed him to ensure that the notices were served on the transport company so that a reply was filed by them on the next date of hearing on Tuesday.

Action taken report submitted

The government submitted the action taken report on the Moga incident. Moga SSP JS Khaira, in his report, said the four accused were arrested a day after the incident and had been sent to judicial custody till May 21. The affidavit says they are bus conductor Sukhwinder Singh, helpers Gurdeep Singh and Amar Ram and driver Ranjit Singh.

They have been booked under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC among other sections and Section 3 of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has also been slapped against them.

The government said Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, director, bureau of investigation, Punjab, had been asked to supervise the investigation that was being done under the Ferozepur DIG.

Punjab has more private buses than govt-owned

In his reply, state transport commissioner Ashwani Kumar has submitted that a total of 2,508 state transport buses are running in the state. These comprised 1,635 buses owned by Punjab Roadways and Punbus, a state transport undertaking, and 873 buses owned by Pepsu Road Transport Corporation. As many as 565 more buses were being added in 2015-16 and the fleet of government-owned buses would be 3,073. A total of 3,543 private buses are plying in the state of which Orbit Aviation owned 62 buses, it was submitted.

The high court had initiated suo motu proceedings into the Moga incident following a letter from an SAS Nagar resident seeking the court's intervention. The court had issued notices to the government and Orbit Aviation on May 7.

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