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HC dismisses Justice Ranjit Singh’s complaint


HC dismisses Justice Ranjit Singh’s complaint

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8

Just about nine months after Justice Ranjit Singh accused former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and MLA Bikram Singh Majithia of bringing to disrepute the sacrilege commission headed by him, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday dismissed the complaint after hearing arguments on the issue of its maintainability.

Justice Amit Rawal pronounced the order on his last working day in the High Court here. Under transfer, Justice Rawal was earlier directed to assume the charge of his office in the Kerala High Court by November 13.

The decision came almost a week after Justice Ranjit approached the HC with a plea against the pronouncement of judgment in the matter on the ground that the Judge was under transfer and the order was reserved even though arguments by his counsel were yet to conclude. The Registry had, however, refused to accept his plea.

Going into details, Justice Ranjit had asserted that the court allowed his counsel to make submission, when the Judge’s staff informed him about his transfer order and he abruptly left the court without passing any order.

“No order was shown on the Internet. The counsel made an enquiry from the reader and was apprised that no order was passed by the Judge,” Justice Ranjit said, adding that the case status was shown as “reserve” at 11 am the next day. Justice Ranjit said it would be highly inappropriate for a Judge to pass order in a case which remained incomplete and in which arguments were yet to conclude. Even otherwise, it was not appropriate for a Judge under transfer to deal with the case and pronounce the order.

A controversy of sorts had earlier broken after Justice Ranjit had objected to the way his case was being handled. In an SMS to the then Acting Chief Justice, Justice Ranjit had asserted: “The Judge is under transfer and is showing undue haste in dealing with the case. I apprehend that justice may suffer. I am bringing it to your notice as the Acting Chief Justice to take appropriate action considered necessary in the case, where a former Judge is before the court to save the honour and prestige of the institution.”

Senior advocate Puneet Bali had earlier argued on a respondent’s behalf that the complaint could have been filed only by a commission member or chairman. But Justice Ranjit had ceased to be a commission member when he filed the complaint. Justice Ranjit’s counsel argued that the stage for raising objections on maintainability was over. The court had expressed satisfaction and issued summons to the two after taking cognisance of the offence.

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