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Moga Molestation Case: High Court issued notices to CBI, Deputy CM, Punjab, Mr. Sukhbir Badal and Union Minister, Harsimrat to respond on issue claim of CBI

Chandigarh: The Central Bureau of Investigation- CBI, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Sukhbir Badal and Union Minister, Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, being his wife were issued notices by the honourable High Court of Punjab and Haryana on  May, 19th  2015, on the Petition seeking CBI probe into the Moga bus Molestation Case.

The Advocate for AAP- Aam Aadmi Party, R S Bains has filed a claim of CBI inquiry in the case of molestation in Moga Bus, before the High Court of Punjab and Haryana and the matter is dealing with by the bench comprising Justice, Hemant Gupta and Justice, Lisa Gill.

While issuing the notices to the CBI, Deputy CM, Mr. Sukhbir and Union Minister, Mrs. Harsimrat, the Bench has sought responses from them by the 27th day of this month along with details of shareholding of all operators owning more than ten stage carriage Buses from Government of Punjab and also along with the Balance sheets of preceding five years of Orbit Aviation.

In the Moga Bus Molestation Case, there was an incident taken place at Moga District, in which a Teenage girl- Arshdeep Kaur (aged that time 13 years) was molested in the Bus belonging to the Orbit Aviation and was through out of the said bus while in running condition. As such the girl was died in that incident. The concerned Orbit Aviation, is a transport company and the same is owned by Badals. Besides aforesaid notices, the Bench has also asked the State Government to inform it on the number of cases registered against stage carriage operators in the state in past one year.

Punjab’s Advocate General was directed by the Bench to produce the First Information Report (being FIR no.62 dated 30th April, 2015) which was registered at Moga District-based Police Station, Baghapurana and also asked him to disclose the Criminal Cases registered against the stage carriage permit holders in the preceding 1 year.

State Government of Punjab owns Punjab Roadways and PRTC and also the Private Operator’s running buses’ details were provided by the State Government in the early days of last week. And specifying the numbers of buses it was told by the State to the Bench, in its reply that there were more than 2.5 thousands State owned and 3.5 thousands Private owned buses.

The Court has also asked the said Advocate for APP, R. S. Bains and anther Advocate, H. S. Arora to withdraw their applications on the issue and the Bench further appointed them as ‘Amicus curiae’.

by Faim Khalilkhan Pathan.