Moga case: HC notice to Sukhbir, Harsimrat, CBI

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notices to Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on a petition seeking a CBI probe into the Moga molestation and death incident of April 29.

Sukhbir and Harsimrat are co-owners of Orbit Aviation Pvt Ltd.  On board one of its buses, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly molested and thrown off, resulting in her death.

Notices have also been issued to the CBI, Punjab DGP and Moga SSP. “Why can’t you revoke bus permit? If a crew of a public bus misbehaves with a passenger, should such buses be permitted to ply on roads? What action are you proposing against the driver and the conductor?,” the court asked advocate Ashok Aggarwal, who was representing the state government.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Lisa Gill was hearing a petition filed by advocate Jasdeep Singh Bains of Mohali seeking a CBI probe and also a connected case wherein the court had taken suo motu notice of the incident.

The Orbit Aviation Private Limited on Tuesday again failed to file its reply and sought more time. The company was initially issued a notice on May 7 and again on May 15 to file its reply.

The bench directed Orbit Aviation Private Limited to disclose its share holders and also produce the balance sheets for the last five years on the next date of hearing on May 27. The Punjab government was directed to disclose the details of all holders of contract carriage permit as well as the share holding pattern of the stage carriage permit holders with more than 10 permits.

The Punjab Advocate General was directed to submit the details of criminal cases registered against holders of stage carriage permits in the last one year.

Source: ENS