HC warns Rampal's followers against gathering in Chandigarh on Wednesday

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2014 22:18 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday, while directing religious preacher Rampal of Satlok Ashram in Rohtak district and Rashtriya Samaj Seva Committee president Ram Kumar Dhaka to remain present in court on Wednesday morning, ordered that they should communicate to their followers not to congregate at Chandigarh during the case hearing.

The division bench headed by justice M Jeyapaul directed that the court only wanted Ram Pal, Dhaka and Dr OP Hooda to remain present in the court for a criminal contempt case hearing on Wednesday.

Justice Jeyapaul also sought senior advocate Anupam Gupta's assistance in the case to ascertain the possibility of putting such miscreants behind the bars who take administration to ransom during the hearing of cases against their leaders. "Don't create a havoc. Otherwise we will think of taking a suitable action tomorrow. Let us set a precedent then to put them behind prisons. Till date there is no precedence," ordered justice Jeyapaul.

On this, Gupta assured the court of his full assistance and submitted, "It is an open ended organization accountable to none and holding the city to ransom." He suggested that police authorities were competent to take action at the spot against those who take law into their hands. Hence, the court directed, "if these members/followers/disciples fail to comply court directions, Chandigarh police is at liberty to deal with the situation with the help of state police of Punjab and Haryana."

Punjab advocate general Ashok Aggarwal assured the court of providing two companies of commandos and two other police companies. Whereas Haryana advocate general Hawa Singh Hooda submitted that the state would spare five police companies for effective implementation of court orders.

The court has directed the three contemnors to assemble at Red Bishop, a Haryana tourism hotel, at Panchkula at 9 am on Wednesday from where they would be transported in a vehicle provided by Chandigarh administration to proceed to high court for hearing of the case at 10 am.

However, both Dhaka and his counsel RS Hooda failed to comply with the high court orders issued on Monday to remain present in the court on Tuesday. In case of Dhaka the court said, "we can easily presume that he had chosen to keep away from proceedings."

The orders came during the hearing of an application moved by the Chandigarh administration apprehending law and order situation in the city on November 5 as Dhaka had communicated to it that one lakh members of his organization propose to congregate in Chandigarh to make their presence felt during hearing of the criminal contempt.

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