Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, October 4
The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday superior the listening to of Punjab medicine menace case by nearly a month.
The suo motu or “court docket by itself movement case” towards the State of Punjab, earlier scheduled to be heard on November 15, will now be taken up for listening to by the newly-constituted Bench of Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Ashok Kumar Verma on October 13, simply earlier than the Excessive Courtroom closes down for the Dussehra break.
The course got here after counsel for the events, together with the State, stated that they had no objection to advancing of the date. Justice Masih was a member of the Bench that originally took suo motu cognizance of a letter forwarded to the Excessive Courtroom by retired IPS officer Shashi Kant approach again in September 2013 underscoring drug menace in Punjab and requesting for judicial scrutiny.
Kant was helping the Bench of then Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Masih in one other petition by Tarlochan Singh and different petitioners on the precise situation of drug menace within the jails of Punjab.
The suo motu case got here up for listening to frequently until March final yr, however got here to a standstill after the Excessive Courtroom went into restrictive functioning mode following Covid outbreak, compelling advocate Navkiran Singh to file an software for advancing the date of listening to within the case.
Showing on the behalf of Legal professionals for Human Rights Worldwide, counsel Navkiran Singh additionally prayed that the Bench “could open” a report mendacity in a sealed cowl within the case. He had contended the matter associated to drug mafia working in Punjab and was having worldwide tentacles. It was required to be handled on an pressing foundation because it affected the lives of the Punjabi youth.
“The sealed reviews, which have been filed by Niranjan Singh, (the then) Deputy Director, Enforcement Directorate, and the Particular Activity Power, in addition to the State of Punjab, must be opened and regarded by this Courtroom Navkiran submitted. The appliance additionally referred to “allegations towards the current MLA, Bikramjit Singh Majithia”.
Taking over the plea, the particular Division Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Ajay Tewari made clear its intent to look at the inquiry reviews submitted through the previous couple of yr within the case earlier than continuing additional within the matter.
The Bench additionally directed Excessive Courtroom Registrar (Judicial) to provide the reviews within the chambers earlier than the subsequent date of listening to in August finish. The Bench, at the moment, noticed that it had been not too long ago constituted, whereas the varied inquiry reviews have been submitted two to a few years again and have been required to be perused.