A day after UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh’s car was released by a local court, the Chandigarh administration suspended the public prosecutor dealing the Sector 9 property mutation case on Tuesday.
The official’s car was attached for non-implementation of the court orders to transfer a Sector 9 property in the name of the petitioners which was finally released on Monday. The court staff claimed that UT adviser Vijay Dev suspended the public prosecutor, Hukam Singh.
The adviser said: “I had directed the home secretary to fix responsibility for the non-implementation of court orders.”
The adviser said the home secretary recommended the suspension of the public prosecutor for grave dereliction of duty resulting in non-implementation of the court orders.
Terming the suspension illegal, the Chandigarh District Bar Association abstained from work on Tuesday.
“The Bar association has collectively decided to abstain from work in the district/session division, Chandigarh, following the illegal suspension of assistant district attorney Hukam Singh. He has been suspended by the administration to save estate officials’ skin,” read the notice released by the Bar association chief. Sources in the court said the administration suspended the public prosecutor saying he did not inform the officials about the attachment order passed by the local court. Sources claimed that Singh, in a letter written to the estate office last month, had asked the officials to implement the court orders in order to avoid trouble, but the order was kept at abeyance since February.
Meanwhile, Singh refused to comment on the UT administration’s order.
What led to trouble
Declaring petitioners Sanjay Majithia, his brother Ajay Majithia and father justice GR Majithia (retd) legal owners of house number 46 in Sector 9A, senior division civil judge KK Jain directed the Chandigarh administration to transfer the property in their name in its order dated February 27, 2015.
Despite repeated court directions, the administration did not pay heed to the instructions following which court had to order attachment of vehicles of the UT finance secretary and other officials for failing to comply with its orders despite repeated directions.
Following the order, Sanjay Majithia, a senior advocate of the Punjab and Haryana high court, took a Toyota Corolla belonging to the UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh in his possession.
In order to save the official vehicles of top administrative officials, including the UT adviser and home secretary from being impounded, the administration on Friday implemented the order passed by the court and transferred the property in the name of the petitioners.