Among other directions, the bench directed Haryana to file a status report after it had directed that FIR is registered on the basis of a newspaper report in which it was alleged that some senior Dera functionaries had instigated and mobilised followers.
On the issue of attachment of properties of the Dera, it was asked whether the Dera Sacha Sauda can be asked to give security and surety for the payment of compensation during the pendency of these proceedings, Gupta told reporters later outside the court.While Haryana state was represented by Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan, Punjab AG Atul Nanda represented the state and the Dera’s counsel was also present. The Centre was represented in the case by Additional Solicitor General of India Satya Pal Jain.Justice Surya Kant said that a lot of credit must be given to the central forces in controlling the situation.The bench said it was relieved to hear from Advocate Generals of the two states that there has been no untoward incident during the past couple of days.
The Haryana AG said that they were dealing with “extraordinary circumstances” and whatever happened in Panchkula when violence broke out was “unfortunate”.Mahajan, however, submitted that the forces had controlled the situation within two hours.
The bench today again questioned Haryana on why a large number of people were allowed to gather in Panchkula and did not buy the argument that “clerical error” in the order for imposition of Section 144 of CrPC had led to it.Justice Surya Kant while pointing out to deadly weapons, iron rods, petrol bombs, sticks etc seized in the aftermath of the Panchkula violence questioned the Haryana AG as to how the state presumed that all of those who had come to Panchuka were there for a “peaceful gathering”.The AG admitted that some “shortcomings” may have been there in handling the situation, but the intent was to prevent bigger damage which arsonists could have inflicted in such a situation.Mahajan informed the court that 1,039 people have been arrested and 63 FIRs registered, 103 Dera centres sanitised so far.
Justice Jhingan asked the Haryana AG as to who gave permission to Ram Rahim to come in a cavalcade of 200 cars, to which the AG said only two vehicles were permitted inside the court at Panchkula.The judge also asked as to how many people were travelling in five vehicles carrying private security of Ram Rahim.Later speaking to reporters outside the court, Satya Pal Jain said, “At the outset, the bench said it wanted to clarify that some of their oral observations on the previous hearing have been misreported.
“The bench said it never uttered any word against the prime minister. They said they have been misquoted. It was a general discussion, in which the PM’s name was not even mentioned, the bench clarified today. ”
Jain said the court will now hear the matter on September 27.
( Source – PTI )