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Surender Sharma, Chandigarh: The beleaguered Haryana government’s assertions in Punjab and Haryana high
court that criticism of investigation during hearings and further supervision by the court of February-2016 Jat quota violence cases “may not be in the interest of justice” has not gone down well with the court.
The division bench of justices SS Saron and Lisa Gill made it clear to the government on Saturday that it had never interfered with the investigations of the government and only wanted it to investigate matter in fair and transparent manner. “But it was the state that was not serious to pursue the cases and court had to intervene,” the HC bench said citing example of alleged Murthal gangrape cases, where an FIR was registered on court’s intervention.
“If you want us to lay our hands off the matter, I (We) am not going to do it. I am sorry. We are not going to buckle down,” the high court bench said, adding monitoring by the high court would continue and that if state was aggrieved, it could approach the SC.“We are even ready to face strictures from Supreme Court for a public cause,” the bench added.
In the affidavit filed by the secretary, home department, Nitin Kumar Yadav, the government had said, “When the jurisdictional magistrates are seized of the matter and investigation is going on, discussions, deliberations and/ or criticism of the investigation seriously hampers the course of law under the code of criminal procedure and may not be in the interest of justice.”
The government had also argued for high court not supervising investigations as it “might not be in the interest of justice”. The state’s response had come on the high court asking state as to why all the cases of February violence should not be handed over to the CBI.