The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner for failing to submit a list of witnesses in a petition challenging Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 2009 Lok Sabha election from the Amritsar parliamentary segment.
During the resumed hearing on Friday, the high court bench of justice Surya Kant asked the petitioner’s lawyer, Sunny Saggar, to deposit Rs 25,000 by March 24, and allowed him to supply list of witnesses. The order to supply the list was passed in March 2016, but the petitioner’s lawyer had been seeking time on various grounds.
Om Prakash Soni, who had contested against Sidhu had challenged the election in 2009. Soni had alleged that Sidhu had got 11 officials of his choice, including deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer, transferred or posted in Amritsar.
Advocate Dheeraj Jain, who appeared for Sidhu, said that earlier Soni had agreed in the Supreme Court to withdraw the petition after Sidhu had moved the apex court against a high court order in 2011. Hence, the petition filed there was withdrawn. But later, he retracted in the high court and said he wanted to pursue the case. The petitioner’s side failed to supply the list on Friday following which HC imposed a fine on him, Jain added.