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SEDITION CHARGES Haryana yet to challenge discharge of Honeypreet

January 23, 2020 05:52 AM

COURTESY TOI  JAN 23

SEDITION CHARGES
Haryana yet to challenge discharge of Honeypreet
Ajay.Sura@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

Even after two-and-ahalf months of discharge of Honeypreet — sociallyadopted daughter of rape and murder convict and Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) head Gurmeet Ram Rahim — by Panchkula court from the sedition charges in relation to August 2017 violence, the Haryana government is yet to challenge the lower court’s verdict.


Although the Panchkula district administration, after taking legal opinion, had sent the matter to the state government for filing a revision petition before the Punjab and Haryana high court, challenging the discharge of Honeypreet and several other accused from sedition and related charges.

The charges under Sections 121 (waging or attempting to wage war) and 121-A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Honeypreet and other accused were dropped by the trial court in Panchkula on November 2, 2019. However, she is facing trial for other charges of mild offences regarding the August 25, 2017 violence that had erupted after the conviction of DSS chief in rape cases.

The limitation period to challenge Honeypreet’s discharge through revision petition before the HC is 90 days.

Panchkula district attorney Pankaj Garg told TOI that they have already recommended filing revision before the HC in this case. “The recommendation to challenge the dropping of serious charges against the accused has been sent to the government through the district magistrate,” Garg added.

When TOI contacted a senior law officer of the advocate general Haryana, he said as of now no legal opinion has been framed on the issue. He, however,said it is up to the state government to take a final decision for which the state would examine several aspects.

“The state cannot approach HC without examining the matter to avoid any embarrassment, if no strong case for filing revision is made out,” the officer said on the condition of anonymity.

Haryana advocate general Baldev Raj Mahajan did not respond to calls despite several attempts.

As per the chargesheet, Honeypreet and Dr Aditya Insan, had held a conspiracy meeting on August 17, 2017 at Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa. Duties were assigned to other dera functionaries to spread violence in Panchkula in case of conviction of dera chief in rape cases by the special CBI court, Panchkula.

 

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