Punjab Govt not to arrest PPSC chief without informing HC

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Chandigarh, Apr 1 (UNI) The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab government not to initiate any step to arrest Punjab Public Service Commission chairman Sanjit Kumar Sinha without informing the court.

The order was issued by Justice Mahesh Grover after the preliminary hearing on Mr Sinha's petition apprehending arrest out of vendetta by the present regime since he was the principal secretary to the chief minister and also served as the Vigilnace and Home Departments secretary in the previous Congress regime.

Mr Sinha had sought the court's directions that he be given at least 10 days' advance notice in case he was required to be arrested or qustioned in any case registered in Punjab by the police or Vigilance Bureau or by any other agency of the state government.

It was during this time that cases under Prevention of Corruption Act were registered against present chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Singh Badal and others, in which legal proceedings were going on.

Justice Grover has also issued notices to Chief Minister Badal, Sukhbir Badal and state Vigilance Bureau chief director Sumedh Singh Saini by name as listed by the petitioner besides the state Chief Secretary, Home and Justice Department Secretary for July 22 when the case would come up for further hearing.

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