A day after the Chandigarh administration suspended Hukum Singh, a public prosecutor in Chandigarh District Court, it had to had their foot in the mouth and revoke the suspension orders. The administration was strongly criticised for allegedly making Hukum Singh a scapegoat in a case instead of taking action against erring officials of Estate Officials.
The orders were revoked after a delegation of District Bar Association raise the issue with the Advisor to Chandigarh Administrator, Vijay Dev on Tuesday.
The astonishing suspension orders of PP Hakinukum Singh were issued holding him responsible for non implementation of orders of the court to transfer a Sector 9 property in the name of the petitioners.
The court had declared petitioners Sanjay Majithia, his brother Ajay Majithia and father Justice GR Majithia (retd) legal owners of house number 46 in Sector 9A. The senior division civil judge KK Jain had directed the Chandigarh administration to transfer the property in their name in its order dated February 27, 2015.
Despite repeated court directions, the administration did not pay heed to the instructions following which court had to order attachment of vehicles of the UT finance secretary and other officials for failing to comply with its orders despite repeated directions. Subsequently Toyota Corolla car belonging to the UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh was attached.
On November 16, the Estate Office swung into action and complied with the court orders. Thereafter the car of Finance Secretary was released on court orders.
Meanwhile, Advisor, Vijay Dev ordered to fix responsibility of the official responsible for the lapse. The concerned officials gave report against Hukum Singh stating that he did not inform Estate Office about the court orders. Ignoring the fact he had sent a written communication in October, he was suspended.
On Wednesday the delegation of District Bar Association, Chandigarh led by its president Shankar Gupta met Vijay Dev to appraise him about the issue. Shankar Gupta told NBF that Vijay Dev agreed with the points made by the delegation and immediately.
Issued orders, revoking the suspension orders and also issued a communication there and then.
Meanwhile the associations of Attorneys in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh also condemned the orders. In a strongly worded communication to the Adviser, the All Haryana Attorney’s Welfare Association had condemned the suspension of the public prosecutor dealing the Sector 9 property mutation case.
The orders have surprised almost all in legal fraternity. The government pleader or Public Prosecutor are appointed to assist the government in handling the cases in the court. He informs the dealing staff about the orders, which have to be complied with by the concerned staff.
The president of the All Haryana Attorney’s Welfare Association, S.K. Bairagi addressed a communication to the Adviser, lodging the protest against the suspension orders.
The communication stated “ it is a clear case of bureaucratic highhandedness, where a Public Prosecutor has been made scapegoat to save the skin of inefficient ignorant and corrupt officials. It is basic common sense that orders of the court are to be implemented by the concerned officials and not by the public prosecutor. But it seems that common sense is not so common among the officials of Chandigarh Estate Office.Does it mean that public prosecutors should now go to each department and work there because department officials do not have any responsibility whatsoever.”