Saurabh Malik

Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh, December 7

Greater than seven years after the drug menace case underneath the judicial scanner, Punjab on Monday informed the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom that it was no extra in “deep slumber”.

The submission got here in response to the Excessive Courtroom’s commentary that the state was apparently not solely lazy, but additionally in “deep slumber”.

Because the case got here up for resumed listening to, the Bench of Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Sandeep Moudgil expressed the hope that the state actually get up from slumber. It was additionally of the view that to this point there have been solely talks and no motion within the matter. The Bench additionally made it clear throughout the course of listening to that it was involved with the bigger features of the general public curiosity litigation earlier than it and never allegations towards people. The Bench added that it had gone via all of the orders and made factors.

Showing earlier than the Bench, Punjab Advocate-Normal DS Patwalia reaffirmed the state’s dedication to take strict motion within the matter whereas submitting, “We’ve woken up from the slumber.”

Representing the state of Punjab together with Patwalia, senior advocate Dushyant Dave agreed that the state had been lazy in taking motion within the matter, including that it had now been suggested to take acceptable motion.

In search of instructions to be made a celebration to the on-going proceedings after alleging makes an attempt by his political opponents to focus on him, Bikram Singh Majithia via senior counsel RS Cheema and Arshdeep Singh Cheema argued that neither the particular activity power nor the Enforcement Directorate had discovered any proof towards the Akali chief and MLA in relation to the case.

Cheema submitted that a number of the accused had filed a petition for switch of investigation in July 2015. The PIL was to be segregated from instances of particular person accused in accordance with an settlement between the events because the petition earlier than the court docket was “within the nature of non-adversarial proceedings”.

Cheema mentioned the court docket had monitored investigation and within the course of entrusted the instances for additional investigation/re-investigation to a high- degree supplementary investigation crew. It may safely be inferred that the so-called incriminating materials and the allegations now being projected as requiring investigation have been effectively throughout the court docket’s discover and the recent investigation/re-investigation was directed to cowl these features as effectively. 

Advocate Navkiran Singh on the behalf of Legal professionals for Human Rights Worldwide mentioned there was no efficient motion within the matter since Might 2018. He mentioned that the Excessive Courtroom had not ordered keep within the matter, but, there was no motion.

The case will now come up for listening to on Thursday.

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