Recusing from hearing the Moga molestation-death case, a division bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court referred it to the Chief Justice to be assigned to some other bench. No reason was given for recusing from the matter. Now the acting Chief Justice of the high court will decide which bench will take up the case.
According to sources, the high court had taken suo moto cognizance which was based on a letter by a senior citizen on the death of the minor in Moga district of Punjab, to the chief justice of the high court.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju said, “When it comes to incident related to women, we all have to be very very specific. That is why Ministry of Home Affairs has asked for a report and before it gets us, we will not be in a position to react.”
He further added the center has already sought reports regarding the incident from the Punjab Government. If the centre feels appropriate steps have not been taken after receiving the reports, the necessary advisories or suggestion will be given, Rijju added.
Earlier, the family had demanded registration of criminal case against chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s family. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is the majority shareholder in Orbit Aviation, which owns the bus where the victim and her mother were allegedly molested.
Under intense political pressure, Sukhbir Singh Badal had ordered all buses of Orbit Aviation off the roads. He had also directed that all the operating staff be sent for an “orientation course”.
Meanwhile, Congress party, in a reaction to the incident, called a Band in the Moga area. The kin’s of the victim had initially rejected a compensation offered by the government and refused to cremate the deceased body. However, after intervention by the Punjab chief minister, the family accepted the compensation of Rs 24 lakh and cremated the body.