The Punjab and Haryana High Court has turned down the plea of CBI enquiry in infamous Moga Bus molestation incident. Hearing the case, the bench comprising Justice S K Mittal and Justice Shekhar Dhawan stated that the judicial commission of retired Justice V.K.Bali had already initiated enquiry in the matter, therefore there was no need of separate CBI enquiry.
The bench has also adjourned the hearing of the case sine die till the receipt of the report of judicial commission.
When amicus curie in the case, R S Bains insisted upon the CBI enquiry, the bench held that if it is found that due to government pressure, the enquiry was not being held properly, then an application could be moved before the trial court.
The incident that embarrassed the ruling Badal family had sparked widespread outrage and hogged national headlines when on April 29 recently, a teenaged girl, got killed after being molested and thrown off a moving bus of Orbit Aviation Private Limited, belonging to Punjab’s ruling Badal family.
Later, the government had constituted a commission of retired Justice V K Bali for judicial enquiry to look into the matter. The bench has already widened the scope of enquiry by the commission and has directed it to suggest steps so that such incidents could be prevented in the future. The bench has also directed the Punjab government to maintain the record of the staff deployed in all private buses in the state.