Judge in case against Punjab IG opts out

Justice Sunil Gaur, the Delhi HC judge hearing a case of abduction against a senior Punjab Police officer, has withdrawn from the case after mother of one of the victims alleged a bias in favour of the officer as he was a “classmate” of the judge, reports Harish V Nair.
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Updated on Feb 26, 2009 12:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHarish V Nair, New Delhi

Justice Sunil Gaur, the Delhi High Court judge hearing a case of abduction against a senior Punjab Police officer, has withdrawn from the case after mother of one of the victims alleged a bias in favour of the officer as he was a “classmate” of the judge.

Inspector General of Police SS Saini and three other Punjab Police officials are facing criminal proceedings in a case in which three people went missing from a Ludhiana police station 14 years ago. They have been accused of kidnapping with intention to murder, wrongful confinement and criminal conspiracy.

“List (the four cases) before another Bench on the date already fixed, that is February 26, after obtaining the orders from Hon’ble Chief Justice,” Justice Gaur’s order sheet said.

The Hindustan Times had on January 14 reported about a letter the 91-year-old Amar Kaur, mother of victim Vinod Kumar, wrote to the Chief Justice of India and Delhi High Court Chief Justice. The letter said she had no faith in Justice Gaur and the case be transferred to another judge.

Kaur’s letter, dated January 2, said the Gaur and Saini, who hails from Chandigarh, were classmates for a master’s course in history at Punjab University, Chandigarh and “were presumably good friends”. Kaur had attached a copy of the result sheet in which the names of the judge and the Saini were listed in succession.

Justice Gaur had completed hearing Saini’s petition on November 27, 2008 and had reserved the verdict.

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