CN & heard

Bad Friday

It was a bad Friday for the Chandigarh Administration in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In one of the courts, right from the UT Home Secretary to the babus of Chandigarh to the UT Traffic Police officials, all came in the line of fire. Affidavits filed by various departments, including Engineering department, were disapproved as "evasive" by the court, with a direction to file "better" ones. The "wisdom" of those who perceive themselves as "kings" of Chandigarh, according to the court, was derided. In another court, the much-awaited revision petition filed by the Administration challenging the jurisdiction and powers of Police Complaints Authority (PCA) was dismissed.

By hook or by crook

That the Chandigarh Police had been stoutly opposing "directions" passed by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is well known. But the appointment of former UT Adviser and UT DGP as new members to the authority, which is chiefly tasked with passing orders against errant police officials, does not inspire much confidence. While the Administration chose to appoint a retired bureaucrat as chairman of the authority, which according to the Supreme Court has to be headed by a retired High Court or Supreme Court Judge, on the other hand, the recently retired head of the police family has been appointed as member of the authority. With the High Court insisting that PCA cannot be reduced to a toothless recommendatory body, the Administration seems to have found out a smart remedy to its problems by the new appointments.

More trouble ahead

After leveling sensational allegations against wannabe Bollywood star Sub-Inspector Harinder Singh Sekhon, his "front man" Vikram has gone missing. Although Vikram's son has got an FIR registered that his father has been "abducted", the Panchkula Police claims that Vikram is planning to fly abroad. Be that as it may, Vikram's disappearance may land the wannabe and a senior police officer or Chandigarh Police in hot water when a petition filed by Vikram comes for resumed hearing in the High Court. In his petition Vikram had clearly raised the apprehension that he may be harmed or implicated in a false case at the behest of the sub-inspector. Before he went missing, Vikram was summoned by a senior cop of Chandigarh Police on November 1 for "questioning".

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