HC asks Haryana regarding incomplete probes against 16 MPs, MLAs

Chandigarh : Just about seven months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court made clear its intent to fast lane the cases involving sitting and erstwhile parliamentarians and legislators of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the Bench has asked the State of Haryana to specify why investigation had not been completed in 16 cases. The Bench has also called for the details of the cases.

“On the last occasion, the State of Haryana had stated that only in 16 cases, the investigation was yet to be completed. “The State of Haryana is directed to file an affidavit giving the specifics of those 16 cases and why investigation has not been completed,” the Bench of Justice Ajay Tewari and Justice Alka Sarin asserted. For the purpose of submitting the details, the Bench set November 9 as the deadline and the next date of hearing in the case.

The Bench was hearing suo motu case, “In Re: Special Courts for MPs/MLAs”, for monitoring the progress of matters pending against the MP/MLAs.” The assertion came in reference to a status report by way of an affidavit filed by Haryana Inspector-General of Police, Administration and Law & Order, Sanjay Kumar.

Among other things, it said latest reports regarding 44 under-investigation cases had been obtained from all concerned. Out of the total, final reports had been submitted in 30 cases after the completion of the investigation. Out of these 30 cases, challan was submitted before the trial court in seven cases. In another seven cases, cancellation report was submitted before the trial court. In 16 cases, untraced report had been written and final report submitted before the competent Court of law.

The affidavit added a case dated September 1, 2018, for cheating, forgery and other offences under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC and the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Kherki Daula police station in Gurugram could not be reported inadvertently. A sitting MLA was accused in the matter, along with others.

Besides, an FIR, dated May 21, was registered at Gurugram’s Sector 65 police station against an ex-MLA along with some other accused. One more FIR dated June 18 was registered at the Sector 14 police station in Gurugram against the ex-MLA, along with some other accused.