A division bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the single bench order restricting the Haryana state from proceeding with recommendations of Haryana Lokayukta against four MLAs.
The Lokayukta had recommended for registration of an FIR against a former state minister, Rao Narender Singh, a former chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Vinod Bhayana in the previous Congress regime headed by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and two former Congress MLAs Naresh Selwal and Jarnail Singh in the two-year-old graft case pertaining to change of land use (CLU) permissions.
Then CPS Ram Kishan Fauji was also accused of seeking money for CLU permissions. All five were caught on camera in separate “sting operations” done by Dharmender Kuhar and other workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). The INLD leaders including Abhay Chautala and state president Ashok Arora, subsequently produced some compact discs (CDs) in this regard and also filed complaints before Lokayukta Justice Pritam Pal (Retd) in September 2013.
After a probe the Lokayukta had recommended for registration of FIRs against the legislators.
The Lokayukta had also recommended for a criminal case against another former Congress MLA, Ram Niwas Ghorela, for seeking money to get funds cleared for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for opening schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
A single bench had on December 24 stayed the proceedings by the Haryana government against the five legislators. Against these orders, the Haryana state had filed an appeal.
Appearing for Haryana government, Additional Advocate General Palika Monga before bench headed by Justices Hemant Gupta argued that the single bench could not stay the registration of FIR and further investigation as it had been recommended by the Lokayukta.
Hearing the appeal filed by Haryana government in cases of Rao Narender Singh, Ram Niwas Ghorela, Naresh Selwal and Jarnail Singh, the division bench headed stayed the single bench order.
On January 23, the division bench had stayed the single bench order on an appeal in case of Vinod Bhayana.
Now there is no legal hurdle in registration of FIR against the legislators, as recommended by Lokayuta.