Surender Sharma

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

Articles by Surender Sharma

HC quashes appointment of BSF officers as jail superintendents in Punjab

The HC bench of justice Mahabir Singh Sindhu noted that out of nine central jails in Punjab, seven are being headed by officers from the BSF without there being any legal provision to that effect
The HC has quashed the Punjab government’s decision of October 2020, appointing BSF officers as jail superintendents in central jails of the state.
The HC has quashed the Punjab government’s decision of October 2020, appointing BSF officers as jail superintendents in central jails of the state.
Updated on May 18, 2022 10:58 PM IST
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Punjab and Haryana high court stays Khemka’s arrest in Panchkula case

The FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the senior IAS officer on the complaint of Sanjeev Verma, the managing director of Haryana State Warehousing Corporation, on April 26 at the Sector-5 police station in Panchkula
The allegations are of making appointments at Haryana State Warehousing Corporation in an illegal and arbitrary manner when senior Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka (in photo) served as its managing director 12 years ago. (HT file photo)
The allegations are of making appointments at Haryana State Warehousing Corporation in an illegal and arbitrary manner when senior Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka (in photo) served as its managing director 12 years ago. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 01:37 PM IST
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300gm heroin seizure in: HC hands over probe to Bureau of Investigation

The plea in Punjab and Haryana high court had sought transfer of case to some independent agency claiming that the accused had been falsely implicated
The Punjab and Haryana high court has handed over the probe into a drugs seizure FIR registered by the Amritsar police to Bureau of Investigation (BoI), Punjab.
The Punjab and Haryana high court has handed over the probe into a drugs seizure FIR registered by the Amritsar police to Bureau of Investigation (BoI), Punjab.
Published on May 04, 2022 01:25 AM IST
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Licensing authority to record reasons while refusing arms licence: Punjab and Haryana high court

Punjab and Haryana high court further ruled that licence can be rejected on the grounds of the applicant being of unstable ground, prohibition under any other law, unfit for the licence or for the security of the public peace or for public safety
The Punjab and Haryana high court said that the licensing authority is obliged to record reasons in writing where it refuses to grant a licence to any person. (HT File)
The Punjab and Haryana high court said that the licensing authority is obliged to record reasons in writing where it refuses to grant a licence to any person. (HT File)
Published on May 01, 2022 01:32 AM IST
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Sexual assault case: Non-filing of forensic report with challan does not make it incomplete, says HC

The question before the court in this case was whether non-submission of a report from a chemical examiner would result in filing of an incomplete challan entitling an accused to exercise the right to seek default bail, particularly in cases relating to sexual exploitation of women
Non-filing of a forensic report with the challan in a sexual assault case does not make it incomplete, the Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled.
Non-filing of a forensic report with the challan in a sexual assault case does not make it incomplete, the Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled.
Published on Apr 28, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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HC denies custody of child to father accused of abetting wife’s suicide

Punjab and Haryana high court said the petitioner, being the accused of having driven his wife to commit suicide, cannot be handed over the custody of the child
The Punjab and Haryana high court was hearing a plea from one Somveer from Hisar in Haryana. (Image for representational purpose)
The Punjab and Haryana high court was hearing a plea from one Somveer from Hisar in Haryana. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Apr 24, 2022 01:12 AM IST
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Minor child’s custody to father cannot be termed illegal: HC

The high court bench of justice Sant Parkash, dismissed a plea from a Jalandhar mother, who had approached high court with a plea seeking custody of the child claiming that he was in the illegal custody of the father
In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana high court has held that custody of a child, even if in the case of less than five years of age, to the father can’t be termed illegal and unlawful.
In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana high court has held that custody of a child, even if in the case of less than five years of age, to the father can’t be termed illegal and unlawful.
Published on Apr 21, 2022 01:05 AM IST
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Punjab and Haryana high court takes judicial note of ‘disregard’ to legal ethics

The Punjab and Haryana high court has taken judicial note of “disregard” to legal ethics, which came to light in a petition filed seeking quashing of a criminal case
The Punjab and Haryana high court was hearing a plea seeking quashing of an FIR registered at Nawanshahar city in SBS Nagar, Punjab, for criminal intimidation, voluntary causing hurt and rioting. (Shutterstock)
The Punjab and Haryana high court was hearing a plea seeking quashing of an FIR registered at Nawanshahar city in SBS Nagar, Punjab, for criminal intimidation, voluntary causing hurt and rioting. (Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 02:21 AM IST
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Short duration of marriage no ground to deny organ transplant between couple: Punjab and Haryana high court

In March, the wife approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking directions to the hospital and authorities to allow organ transplant.
Short duration of marriage no ground to deny organ transplant between couple: Punjab and Haryana high court
Short duration of marriage no ground to deny organ transplant between couple: Punjab and Haryana high court
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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Lookout notice needs to be communicated to affected party, rules high court

The Punjab and Haryana high court has held that look out notice (LOC) against a person being probed by an investigating agency, issued by the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA), needs to be communicated to the affected person
The court also imposed a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh on the Bank of India, at whose request LOC was issued and a woman, Noor Paul, was stopped from travelling to Dubai in February. (iStock)
The court also imposed a fine of 1 lakh on the Bank of India, at whose request LOC was issued and a woman, Noor Paul, was stopped from travelling to Dubai in February. (iStock)
Updated on Apr 12, 2022 05:11 AM IST
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One false complaint sufficient to constitute matrimonial cruelty: HC

Only one complaint or criminal proceeding found baseless and false upon probe, do cause harassment and torture and is sufficient to constitute matrimonial cruelty, the Punjab and Haryana high court held
The court reversed a 2013 order of a Rohtak family court observing that the wife made unfounded, indecent and defamatory allegations against the husband and the in-laws, which indicates that she made all attempts to ensure that they are put in jail and the estranged husband is removed from his job. (iStock)
The court reversed a 2013 order of a Rohtak family court observing that the wife made unfounded, indecent and defamatory allegations against the husband and the in-laws, which indicates that she made all attempts to ensure that they are put in jail and the estranged husband is removed from his job. (iStock)
Updated on Apr 10, 2022 12:59 AM IST
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Consider a policy for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits: HC to Haryana

The court was hearing a bunch of pleas from Kashmiri Pandits, who were in high court on non-inclusion of their names in the draw of lot to be held by Haryana government for the allotment of residential plots to displaced Pandits in Bahadurgarh
The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked Haryana government to consider a policy for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, who had to leave their homes due to terrorism in 90s. (Image for representational purpose)
The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked Haryana government to consider a policy for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, who had to leave their homes due to terrorism in 90s. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 07:34 AM IST
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HC reverses conviction orders after 11 years, asks DGP to take action against cops

The Punjab and Haryana high court has reversed the conviction orders in two criminal cases registered by the Haryana Police and directed the director general of police (DGP) to initiate action against the cops, who investigated the FIRs
The convictions were upheld by the respective additional district and sessions courts, following which, they had moved high court. (iStock)
The convictions were upheld by the respective additional district and sessions courts, following which, they had moved high court. (iStock)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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Accused can’t say no to voice sample: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Chandigarh The Punjab and Haryana high court has said that voice sample sought from an investigating agency is like handwriting or fingerprint samples and an accused can’t say no for the same
Accused can’t say no to voice sample: Punjab and Haryana High Court
Accused can’t say no to voice sample: Punjab and Haryana High Court
Published on Mar 30, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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HC orders proceedings for adverse remark on ACR of senior IAS officer

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed chief secretary, Haryana to initiate the process to record an adverse remark in the annual confidential report (ACR) of senior IAS officer and former Rohtak divisional commissioner Anita Yadav
The order was passed by the high court bench of justice Sudhir Mittal in a petition filed by Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak moved in July 2021, in which the varsity had challenged an order passed by the IAS officer as Rohtak divisional commissioner. (iStock)
The order was passed by the high court bench of justice Sudhir Mittal in a petition filed by Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak moved in July 2021, in which the varsity had challenged an order passed by the IAS officer as Rohtak divisional commissioner. (iStock)
Published on Mar 25, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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Magistrate can refer case to police or ask for evidence from complainant: HC

A magistrate has discretion to either refer a criminal complaint from a person to the police or ask the complainant to present more evidence in order to reach a conclusion, the Punjab and Haryana high court has said
As per claims of Gupta, he had a property dispute with co-sharers of a property. He sold a portion of his share and subsequently, co-sharers sold the remaining portion of land including his share, as per his claims. (Getty Images)
As per claims of Gupta, he had a property dispute with co-sharers of a property. He sold a portion of his share and subsequently, co-sharers sold the remaining portion of land including his share, as per his claims. (Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 10:43 PM IST
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Haryana judicial officer faces departmental action for “indiscipline”

The Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered departmental action against a Haryana judicial services officer posted in Yamunanagar area for reported “judicial indiscipline”
The petitioner was acquitted in a case following which he had filed an application for release of the deposited money. (iStock)
The petitioner was acquitted in a case following which he had filed an application for release of the deposited money. (iStock)
Published on Mar 21, 2022 10:40 PM IST
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Councillors are public servants, can’t be summoned without sanction: HC

The Punjab and Haryana high court has held that a municipal councillor is a public servant and can’t be summoned by a court in a criminal case without prior sanction from the competent authority
The high court bench of justice Jasjit Singh Bedi quashed a 2013 order passed by a Jalandhar district court. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The high court bench of justice Jasjit Singh Bedi quashed a 2013 order passed by a Jalandhar district court. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 18, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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No HC relief for Ambala woman who concealed employment while seeking maintenance

The woman, who got married in March 2010, had a female child out of wedlock; in June 2017, she had approached a family court in Ambala for interim maintenance from her estranged husband
The HC bench of justice Jasjeet Singh Bedi said the practice of making false assertions in court ought to be discouraged because the dignity and sanctity of the court is undermined by such conduct of a party. (Getty Images)
The HC bench of justice Jasjeet Singh Bedi said the practice of making false assertions in court ought to be discouraged because the dignity and sanctity of the court is undermined by such conduct of a party. (Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 17, 2022 02:52 AM IST
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DS Patwalia resigns as advocate general of Punjab

During his three-month tenure, Patwalia played crucial role in initiating action on STF report on the state’s drug problem
Deepinder Singh Patwalia stepped down as the Punjab advocate general in Chandigarh on Friday, a day after the Congress was routed out of power by the Aam Aadmi Party in the assembly elections. (HT file photo)
Deepinder Singh Patwalia stepped down as the Punjab advocate general in Chandigarh on Friday, a day after the Congress was routed out of power by the Aam Aadmi Party in the assembly elections. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 03:35 PM IST
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Celebratory firing: HC slams Punjab Police probe in 2016 case

A 24-year-old orchestra dancer was shot dead in celebratory firing while she was performing on the stage at a marriage palace in Bathinda’s Maur Mandi town on December 3, 2016
The HC ordered that charges be framed afresh in celebratory firing case and steps be taken to conclude the trial within six months. (Getty Images/Purestock)
The HC ordered that charges be framed afresh in celebratory firing case and steps be taken to conclude the trial within six months. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 12:53 AM IST
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HC takes grim view of Haryana dillydallying over conditions of appointment for former judge

The Punjab and Haryana high court has taken a grim view of the Haryana government dillydallying over the terms and conditions for appointing justice SD Anand (retd) as Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) appellate authority president
he former judge was appointed president of the HSPCB in April 2017 (Representative Image/HT File)
he former judge was appointed president of the HSPCB in April 2017 (Representative Image/HT File)
Published on Feb 20, 2022 03:57 AM IST
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Punjab assembly elections spoil grand wedding plans in Mohali

Punjab assembly elections have played spoilsport in a resident’s grand wedding celebrations planned in Mohali
After the district administration rejected the petitioner’s application for serving liquor to guests at his son’s wedding on February 19, the Punjab and Haryana high court also turned down his plea. (Representative image)
After the district administration rejected the petitioner’s application for serving liquor to guests at his son’s wedding on February 19, the Punjab and Haryana high court also turned down his plea. (Representative image)
Published on Feb 20, 2022 02:02 AM IST
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To decide on FIR cancellation, notice must to complainant only: Punjab and Haryana HC

Punjab and Haryana high court has said that before accepting an FIR cancellation report from police, it is only the complainant who is to be mandatorily informed for further adjudication by a trial court
The Punjab and Haryana high court said the Supreme Court has only made it mandatory for notice to be issued to the first informant of a criminal case. In the case in hand, the FIR was registered in 2009 against the petitioner, a Patiala resident, owing to a property dispute between the parties. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
The Punjab and Haryana high court said the Supreme Court has only made it mandatory for notice to be issued to the first informant of a criminal case. In the case in hand, the FIR was registered in 2009 against the petitioner, a Patiala resident, owing to a property dispute between the parties. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 02:12 AM IST
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Punjab panel says don’t give cops with criminal cases public dealing posts

The committee was constituted on the high court’s tough stand against the Punjab government over arbitrary decisions in deciding punishment against cops, who have been either convicted or facing criminal cases
The recommendations were made by a committee headed by additional chief secretary (home) Anurag Aggarwal with six other members, including senior police officer. (Representative photo)
The recommendations were made by a committee headed by additional chief secretary (home) Anurag Aggarwal with six other members, including senior police officer. (Representative photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 05:26 PM IST
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FIR for offence committed inside jail no ground to deny premature release of convict: Punjab and Haryana HC

Punjab and Haryana HC said an FIR registered against a convict for offence committed during jail term is no ground to deny him premature release, if the person is otherwise eligible
The Punjab and Haryana HC reiterated that the case of premature release of a life convict is governed by the policy of the government prevailing on the date of the judgment of conviction and not by the policy which exists on the date of consideration of his premature release, if there is any change in the policy. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
The Punjab and Haryana HC reiterated that the case of premature release of a life convict is governed by the policy of the government prevailing on the date of the judgment of conviction and not by the policy which exists on the date of consideration of his premature release, if there is any change in the policy. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
Published on Feb 13, 2022 02:15 AM IST
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Sexual intercourse: Minor’s consent of no consequence, says HC

The high court has said that even if it is assumed that a minor girl consented for making physical relations, her consent is of no consequence and the accused will have to face criminal proceedings.
It was also argued that even if it is assumed that the girl was violated, she was a consenting party as she did not raise any hue and cry while she was being allegedly raped.
It was also argued that even if it is assumed that the girl was violated, she was a consenting party as she did not raise any hue and cry while she was being allegedly raped.
Published on Feb 13, 2022 01:19 AM IST
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Drugs worth 312 cr seized since poll code enforced: EC to high court

The election commission (EC) response came to a suo motu plea initiated by high court last month to check use of ‘drugs for vote’ in Punjab
The high court had observed that there have been incidents of ‘drugs for vote’ in Punjab and had sought details of measures taken by the election commission (EC) (FIle)
The high court had observed that there have been incidents of ‘drugs for vote’ in Punjab and had sought details of measures taken by the election commission (EC) (FIle)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 01:53 AM IST
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HC dismisses plea seeking conjugal relations by convict’s wife

The Punjab and Haryana HC says convicts’ right to conjugal relations are subject to penological interests of the state
The Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed plea from a woman seeking directions to authorities to allow conjugal relations with her convict husband lodged in a Gurugram jail. The high court has directed the wife and the husband to approach authorities afresh. (Representative Image/ HT Photo)
The Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed plea from a woman seeking directions to authorities to allow conjugal relations with her convict husband lodged in a Gurugram jail. The high court has directed the wife and the husband to approach authorities afresh. (Representative Image/ HT Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2022 04:21 AM IST
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HC: Prosecution sanction needed for acts done in discharge of duty only

Under Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), prior sanction from a competent officer is needed to prosecute a government servant for alleged criminal act done in discharge of his official duty
HC: Prosecution sanction needed for acts done in discharge of duty only
HC: Prosecution sanction needed for acts done in discharge of duty only
Published on Feb 09, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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