Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, July 27
Lower than a fortnight after Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary Shashi Lakhanpal Mishra and one other official have been requested to elucidate why they shouldn’t be held responsible of contempt and sentenced accordingly, the 2 right this moment appeared earlier than the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket earlier than submitting an unconditional apology.
That is, maybe, the primary case wherein private look of a senior officer was ordered because the Excessive Court docket went into restricted functioning mode in March-end following the Covid outbreak. The Excessive Court docket has since then been listening to circumstances by way of video-conferencing.
The matter has its genesis in a pending petition filed earlier than the Excessive Court docket final yr by Jaswinder Singh towards the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat and different respondents. Taking on the petition, Justice Augustine George Masih had stayed the petitioner’s demotion from the principal chief reporter’s submit, whereas observing that Jaswinder Singh for the final 27 years had been proven senior to a non-public respondent.
The Excessive Court docket had additionally ordered that the petitioner’s demotion vide impugned order dated November 13, 2019, would stay stayed until the subsequent date of listening to. Showing on his behalf in the course of the listening to of the contempt plea, senior counsel Patwalia submitted that the petitioner, to his utter shock, was demoted as chief reporter on March 4.
Issuing a show-cause discover on the contempt petition, Justice Jaishree Thakur dominated that there was prima facie deliberate, intentional and flagrant violation of Excessive Court docket order handed on January 7.
Because the case got here up for resumed listening to this morning, Justice Sudhir Mittal recorded in his order that the contemnors have been current within the courtroom earlier than accepting the unconditional apology submitted on behalf of the contemnors.