Sikh24.com – Police didn’t take any permission from Duty Magistrate to open firing on Sikh protesters, SIT tells High Court

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 21 March 2019. Replying to a notice by the Punjab & Haryana High Court about the bail plea of Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma, the Special Investigation Team has told the Court that the Police cops didn’t take any permission from the Duty Magistrate Pritpal Singh to open firing on peacefully protesting Sikhs at Kotkapura and Behbal Klan.

Citing the post-mortem reports of the two Sikh youths martyred by the Police at Behbal Klan, the SIT has told the Court that the Police cops didn’t fire bullets in defense instead they attacked the Sikh protesters as the bullets were fired from very close range.

The SIT further told the Court that the Police cops had cooked a fake story of opening fire in self-defense by later firing bullets on the Gypsy of Ex-SSP Charanjit Sharma in Bathinda with the personal weapons of their known ones.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the High Court bench has deferred the next hearing of the case onto 07 May.

It may be recalled here that the Ex-SSP Moga Charanjit Sharma was arrested by the SIT on January 27 this year. He was in an attempt to flee from the country, but the SIT got intimated of his plan and nabbed him from his residence in Hoshiarpur.

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Sikh24.com – Not bound to implement Justice Ranjit Singh’s recommendations, Punjab Government tells High Court

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 21 September 2018. Lodging reply in response to a petition challenging investigation report of Justice Ranjit Singh in Punjab & Haryana High Court on September 20, the Congress led Punjab government submitted that it is not bound to fully accept the recommendations made by the Justice Ranjit Singh led Commission of Inquiry.

It has been clarified to the Court that the Punjab government needs solid evidence or witness before taking action against any person or organization on the recommendation of Justice Ranjit Singh.

However, the Punjab government has also clarified it to the Punjab & Haryana High Court that it can order investigation against the person or organization held guilty by the Commission by registering an FIR but the views of Investigating Officer may differ from Commission.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the next hearing on this petition has been deferred onto October 11 in which the petitioners might be asked to file reply on Punjab government’s reply.

It may be recalled here that three Police cops namely Ex-SSP Charanjit Sharma, Mansa’s Ex-SSP Raghbir Singh Sandhu and SHO of Bajakhana Police Station Amarjit Singh Kular had challenged the Justice Ranjit Singh investigation report by moving a petition in the Punjab & Haryana High Court on September 12.

The trio petitioners had claimed in the petition that the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission violated the provisions of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952. They had also accused the Commission of going against the evidences on record while making recommendations for their indictment.

It is pertinent to note here that the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission had recommended registration of criminal cases sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against the Police cops responsible for opening an unprovoked firing on peacefully protesting Sikhs at Behbal Klan in which two innocent Sikh youths had attained martyrdom.

Justice Ranjit Singh had stated in its report that the cops acted without warning and permission.

https://www.sikh24.com/2018/09/21/not-bound-to-implement-justice-ranjit-singhs-recommendations-punjab-government-tells-high-court/#.W6Zdm_ZoTIU

The Statesman – Justice Ranjan Gogoi to be 46th Chief Justice of India

Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India. He will take over from Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring on 2 October.

New Delhi – India, 01 September 2018. Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India. He will take over from Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring on 2 October. Justice Gogoi is likely to take oath on 3 October.

As per Supreme Court’s protocol, the outgoing CJI needs to recommend the name of successor to the Ministry of Law.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had asked CJI Misra to recommend the name of his successor. Once the recommendation by CJI Misra is approved, Justice Gogoi will become the 46th Chief Justice of India.

While Gogoi’s appointment is on expected lines, a press conference addressed by him along with three other top SC judges on 12 January had created some confusion.

At the press conference, the four judges, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar, had released a letter they wrote to Justice Misra a couple of months ago, conceding that he was the master of roster but that was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”.

Asked specifically if they were upset over reference of the matter seeking a probe into the suspicious death of Judge Loya, Justice Gogoi said: “Yes.”

The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government.

Justice Chelameswar told the media that they were “convinced that unless this institution is protected and maintains its requirements, democracy will not survive in the country or any country… The hallmark of a democracy is independent and impartial judges.

“Since all our efforts failed… Even this morning, on a particular issue, we went and met the Chief Justice with a specific request. Unfortunately we could not convince him that we were right.”

Justice Gogoi said they were “discharging debt to the nation that has got us here”.

Justice Chelameswar, who retired on 18 May this year, was the senior-most judge after Misra.

Born on 18 November 1954, Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of a little more than one year before he retires in November 2019.

Justice Gogoi had joined the bar in 1978. In 2001, he was appointed as permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court and was later transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court in September 2010. On 23 April 2012, Justice Gogoi was elevated to the Supreme Court.

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/justice-ranjan-gogoi-to-be-46th-chief-justice-of-india-1502680267.html

Sikh24.com – High Court imposes ban on recruitment in SGPC

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 May 2018. Acting on the petition moved by dismissed employees recruited during the tenure of former SGPC president Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on May 18 imposed ban on fresh recruitment in place of these dismissed employees by the SGPC.

Notably, the serving SGPC’s executive committee had dismissed 523 employees recruited during the tenure of Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar.

Appearing on the behalf of dismissed SGPC employees, the petitioner’s lawyer informed the Court that the dismissed employees weren’t presented any reason by the SGPC for terminating them.

He added that the serving SGPC executive had presented an excuse in a press statement that these employees were recruited without giving any advertisement in newspaper however the SGPC’s service norms permit executive committee to directly recruit temporary employees with monthly salary less than 10000.

The petitioner’s lawyer further claimed before the Court that there was no provision in law for recruiting new employees on contract by terminating the existing ones without any reason.

Meanwhile, the serving SGPC executive committee has been served notice by the Punjab & Haryana High Court seeking reply on the issue.

http://www.sikh24.com/2018/05/19/high-court-imposes-ban-on-recruitment-in-sgpc/#.WwAoOyC-nIU