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Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.

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Chandigarh: Senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor to be elected afresh

Having 19 votes, BJP holds the numerical advantage in the contest, compared to AAP-Congress alliance that has 17

On February 20, the Supreme Court had overturned the results of Chandigarh mayoral polls and declared AAP candidate Kuldeep Dhalor the winner in a landmark decision. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 10:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Drug cases: Punjab and Haryana high court issues slew of directions for speedy trials

The high court bench of justice Pankaj Jain, issued a slew of directions, including departmental action against cops not appearing before the courts and deadlines for courts to complete the trials

Drug cases: Punjab and Haryana high court issues slew of directions for speedy trials
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab and Haryana high court acquits father, uncle of girl’s murder over inter-caste relationship

The girl, a first-year student and resident of a village under police station Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, was found dead at her house on September 12, 2012

Punjab and Haryana high court acquits father, uncle of girl’s murder over inter-caste relationship
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC censures Chandigarh for denying medical reimbursement to former CTU staffer’s widow

The observations were made while dismissing the UT administration’s plea against an order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which was approached by a widow challenging denial of medical reimbursement. The tribunal had, on August 25, 2023, found the woman’s claim genuine and directed the UT to settle the medical claim within two months.

Coming down heavily against the UT administration for denying medical reimbursement to the widow of a former Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) employee, the Punjab and Haryana high court termed the UT’s approach “inhumane” and imposed a fine on it. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Land allotment for HC in Sarangpur: 8.5-acre land inadequate, revise proposal, HC tells UT

The development comes days after the administration in its letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) suggested that for the expansion plans given by the high court, 8.5 acres of land would be “justified”. These comments were part of the administration’s letter in which it had apprised the MHA of the high court order and sought approval for the allotment, as ordered on January 19. .

The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the Chandigarh administration to revise its proposal regarding the allotment of land to the high court in Sarangpur keeping in view the future requirement for growth and expansion in the next 50 years. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Drugs menace has acquired dimension of an epidemic: HC

The woman petitioner, Maya, accused of being part of an alleged cartel involved in transporting 150 kg ganja from Orissa to Punjab and Haryana, had claimed that she was falsely implicated on the basis of a statement from other co-accused persons, wherein her son has also been shown to be involved

Police had claimed that contraband was smuggled from Orissa under the pretext of a pilgrimage to Jaganathpuri and there is “sufficient link evidence” connecting her and custodial interrogation was required. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

POs evading arrest: HC asks Punjab, Haryana, UT DGPs to constitute monitoring committees

The high court bench of justice HS Brar also issued a slew of directions to police and trial courts to take steps so that these offenders are not able to evade the process of law for years together.

POs evading arrest: HC asks Punjab, Haryana, UT DGPs to constitute monitoring committees
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC quashes FIR against NRI woman accused of abandoning her husband

The HC bench of justice Deepak Gupta observed that even if it be assumed that all the expenses for coaching, training, tickets or expenses required for living in Australia were incurred by the husband, the same do not “prima facie make out a case of cheating, as the amount was spent by a husband on his wife”. An FIR was registered by one Amandeep Singh of Sangrur in March 2020 for cheating and criminal conspiracy against NRI wife, Rajwinder Kaur and her father Gurtej Singh. They got married in 2014 and she went to Australia in 2018.

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has quashed a criminal case of cheating against an Australian NRI woman, who after settling there is being accused of abandoning the husband, who allegedly spent nearly <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>30 lakh to send her abroad. (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab Police duty-bound to review punishment against cop post acquittal: High court

In the case in hand, the petition was from one Jarnail Singh, who had approached the Punjab and Haryana high court in March 2019. He had sought quashing of a March 1, 2016, order whereby after departmental probe, a punishment of stoppage of two annual increments with cumulative effect was awarded to him.

Gavel and law books (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Matrimonial dispute cases: Follow Chandigarh model, HC to Punjab, Haryana

In Chandigarh, a centre has been set up to deal with child custody, maintenance & other disputes arising out of matrimonial cases at pre-litigation stage

Counsellors in district legal service authority, Chandigarh, have resolved 700 cases within a year with respect to matrimonial complaints pending in police stations/courts. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC denies anticipatory bail to Faridkot jail staffer accused of providing phone to convict

The FIR was registered on October 2, 2021, after a video allegedly by a jail inmate came to light with allegations against jail staff of providing phones and drugs to the inmates facilitated by jail staff

The FIR was registered on October 2, 2021, after a video allegedly by a jail inmate came to light with allegations against jail staff of providing phones and drugs to the inmates facilitated by jail staff.
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 08:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mohali trash hill: HC seeks affidavits from MC chief, local bodies secy

The Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered Mohali municipal corporation to provide personal affidavits on waste disposal measures in the city. The court also directed the corporation to address issues raised by the Punjab Pollution Control Board and ensure no financial troubles in taking remedial measures. The court expressed concern over the corporation's lack of compliance and indolence in waste management. The corporation has been given suggestions for remedial measures at the Phase-8B dumping site.

The court also directed the MC chief that the issues raised by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) member secretary in his report, be dealt with “most promptly” within 45 days. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC acquits Muktsar man awarded death for drowning wife, children

The allegations were that convict Palwinder Singh and Karamjit Kaur had an illicit relationship and planned the murder, in which a car driven by Palwinder fell into Gang canal near Fattanwala village on June 20, 2015, in which his wife Sarabjit Kaur, daughter Gaganpreet Kaur, son Jashanpreet Singh and Karamjit’s husband Nirmal Singh, a servant of the family, were killed

Lone survivor in the case was Palwinder Singh, who nine months after the incident was booked for murder after he married Karamjit, wife of his servant Nirmal Singh.
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Judicial officers’ promotions: HC says recommendations are binding on Haryana govt

The HC bench of justice GS Sandhawalia and justice Lapita Banerjee also imposed a cost of ₹50 thousand per litigant for “unwarranted delay”

It further recorded that when the principle of merit had been settled across the board for both the states of Punjab and Haryana in promotions. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 11:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Include constituencies from Haryana in SGPC polls: SGPC to HC

The Sikh body has responded to a plea seeking directions not to exclude Haryana from the electoral rolls for the Sikh body poll

Include constituencies from Haryana in SGPC polls: SGPC to HC
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC grants bail to pregnant woman in drugs seizure cases

The court observed that although the woman is alleged to have been found in possession of the contraband falling in commercial category but pregnancy of a woman is a special circumstance, in which the gravity of the offence for the time being is liable to be ignored

The Punjab and Haryana high court granted bail to a Ludhiana woman arrested by police in 55kg poppy husk seizure case holding that on humanitarian grounds, bar under Section 37 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act cannot be considered to act as a blanket ban on the power of the court to grant interim bail to the accused.
Updated on Dec 17, 2023 07:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC grants protection to two underage Muslim girls who married against parents’ wishes

Applicable personal laws in Islam allow a Muslim girl to enter into a contract of marriage after attaining puberty whereas a set of common civil and criminal laws in India proscribes the marriage of girls under 18 and further makes sexual intercourse with minors a penal offence

HT Image
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Diplomatic row: HC allows Canadian NRI to record statement via VC

Dhindsa is a complainant in a criminal case registered on September, 2019 on allegations of criminal breach of trust. The trial court in Hoshiarpur had closed prosecution evidence on October 25, an order challenged by him in high court.

As per the plea, the trial court in Dasuya had initially allowed recording of statement in July through VC.
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 08:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Engage experts to educate cops about fundamental rights: HC to Punjab DGP

The order was passed as the court came across a bail matter in which an accused in an NDPS case filed in April 2020 by the special task force, Mohali, was found to be behind bars for three years and seven months

The order was passed as the court came across a bail matter in which an accused in an NDPS case filed in April 2020 by the special task force, Mohali, was found to be behind bars for three years and seven months.
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 08:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Don’t take us for a ride: HC warns Chandigarh, Punjab for ignoring Nayagaon’s issues

HC seeks reports on the poor state of civic infrastructure and environmental degradation in Nayagaon and nearby villages due to civic apathy

“We fail to understand as to why 2 lakhs residents are not being provided basic public amenities for the last one decade in the state of Punjab,” the HC bench said. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 06:01 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

2019 Neha Shoree murder case: Respond to issues raised by parents’ questions, HC tells SIT head

In March 2019, after killing Neha Shoree, the assailant, Balwinder Singh, 49, a Morinda-based chemist, had shot himself dead with his .32-bore revolver

Daughter of 1971 war veteran Captain Kailash Shoree, 36-year-old Neha was shot dead in broad daylight at her office at Kharar on March 29, 2019. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 09:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

EWS admissions: HC directs private schools in Chandigarh to give fee, salary details

How much were teachers’ paid, how many EWS students were enrolled in past five years, private schools in Chandigarh told to answer

The order was passed by the high court bench of justice Sandeep Moudgil, acting on a 2020 plea by Independent Schools’ Association, a body of city’s private schools, challenging UT’s instructions issued from time to time, making it mandatory for them to admit students under the economically weaker sections (EWS) category. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 08:45 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HC asks IAF to reconsider claim of candidate with keloid on right forearm

In 2017, Ravi Kumar, a resident of Mahendergarh, was declared medically unfit in his second medical examination due to a keloid on his forearm, which developed after the removal of a tattoo

The candidate approached the high court in 2017 challenging a July 2017 certificate whereby he was declared unfit. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 08:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab to hire 236 law officers, 58 posts reserved for SCs

As per an advertisement, two posts are of senior additional advocates general, 44 of additional advocates general, 30 of senior deputy advocates general, 61 of deputy advocates general, 92 of assistant advocates general and seven posts of advocates on record. The last date to apply for the same would be December 6

An official said an advertisement was put out to engage SC law officers in August 2022, but the process could not be completed.
Updated on Nov 26, 2023 07:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Single NRI Australian father gets custody of surrogate child

The high court bench of justice Anupinder Singh Grewal ordered that the single NRI father would be the sole guardian of the child. The HC bench said the father will have custody of the child and would further decide whether the boy will remain in India or Australia.

The court observed that when the issue for consideration before the court involves the rights of a child, the court has parens patriae (parent of the nation) jurisdiction and it is of paramount importance for this court to safeguard the interest of the child, keeping in view his welfare and issue necessary directions in this regard.
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 08:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Don’t hold up trials without stay order: HC to lower courts

The directions came from the HC bench of justice Jasjit Singh Bedi in a plea by Jalandhar resident Bishan Dass and others.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued “specific directions” to the trial courts to continue with their proceedings unless a stay was granted on the proceedings by any superior court in the case in question. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

High Court quashes Haryana govt's 75% quota for locals in private sector

A two-judge bench of the high court quashed the 2021 law as unconstitutional and violative of Part III (fundamental rights) of the Constitution.

The Punjab and Haryana high court building.(File)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 04:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Police cannot probe food safety complaints, says high court

High court says in cases of misbranded or substandard food articles, criminal cases cannot be registered by police

The high court bench of justice Jasjit Singh Bedi quashed a criminal case registered in Patiala, wherein the local police had invoked the Indian Penal Code, slapping sections pertaining to adulteration of food, sale of item unfit for consumption and criminal conspiracy. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 05, 2023 07:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Wife, not father, granted custody of man in coma for 11 years

The custody dispute between the family members rose primarily after the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal awarded ₹3 crore as compensation in 2018 for the accident that pushed the man into coma in 2011

The high court observed that it did not find any lack of affection on part of both the parties towards the comatose man and it seemed that “it is the money dispute which has caused this entire controversy”. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Non-appearance of cops in drug trials: Charges framed but over 16,000 NDPS cases pending for more than two years in Punjab

The report signed by state administrative secretary (home) Gurkirat Kirpal Singh was prepared following directions of the high court on October 17. It was to be submitted on October 31, but the case could not be taken up on the said date and would be considered on November 16.

As per the state DGP’s submissions in the high court, Punjab records 12,000 to 14,000 FIRs under the NDPS Act every year.
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 07:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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