Protective shield of law has to be extended to public servants: Punjab and Haryana High Court - ECAS Punjab

Protective shield of law has to be extended to public servants: Punjab and Haryana High Court

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken cognisance of an increase in the number of assault cases to prevent public servants from carrying out their duties before asserting that government functionaries were required to be shielded for allowing them to work fearlessly.

Such matters were required to be handled firmly to arrest the tendency, Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi of the High Court asserted, while hearing an anticipatory bail plea filed by two accused in an attempt to murder case.

Justice Tyagi's Bench was told that a case alleging assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty and other offences was initially registered on June 9 at the Koom Kalan police station in Ludhiana district under Sections 353, 186, 323, 427 and 34 of the IPC. Attempt to murder and two other offences were added later in Sections 307, 382 and 325 of the IPC.

"Cases of assault or use of criminal force to obstruct/prevent public servants from discharging their duties are on the increase. Such cases have to be sternly dealt with to curb the tendency of assaulting or using criminal force to public servants and the protective shield of law has to be extended to such public servants to enable them to effectively discharge their duties without any fear," Justice Tyagi said.

Referring to the allegations, Justice Tyagi observed that public servants visited a village on June 8 at noon to persuade the accused not to plant paddy crop before the date notified in the government instructions.

Two of the accused allegedly abused, chased and obstructed the public servants in discharge of their duties and damaged their vehicle. One of them allegedly caused injuries to the public servants, including a woman officer, who was a part of the team. Dismissing the petition, Justice Tyagi asserted the arrest of petitioner would be a part of the process of investigation intended to secure several purposes. The petitioner was to be questioned in detail regarding various facets of the crime.

His custodial interrogation may provide information leading to discovery of material facts. Curtailing his freedom was necessary to enable the investigation to proceed without hindrance and to protect witnesses, Justice Tyagi concluded.

from The Tribune

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