The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a show cause notice to the Home Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana on the issue of sanitization of various Deras located in their respective states.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to the Home Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana on the issue of sanitization of various Deras located in their respective states.
The court while hearing a contempt of court petition moved by senior Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Mahendra Singh Joshi asked the state governments to explain why the 2014 court orders pertaining to the Dera sanitization were not implemented.
The petitioner, who has made Haryana Home Secretary a party, had informed the court that Haryana government did not follow 2014 court orders in which the state was asked to sanitize the Deras on a regular basis in order to prevent illegal activities in the name of religion.
Citing the recent Panchkula and Sirsa violence which took place in August this year, the petitioner said that had Haryana sanitized Dera Sacha Sauda, the violence may not have happened.
“The sanitization drive was carried out on papers only in 2014 as the police officials who visited Dera had returned empty handed as they were not allowed to venture inside the secret hideouts of madera chief. Even the recent sanitization drive was also very formal as it was carried after all the illegal weapons were moved out of Dera,” Mohinder Singh Joshi told India Today.
The petitioner has also cited a 2010 Indian Army alert in which the authorities were alerted about the weapon training programmes organised by army and police officers at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters.
The High Court has added to the woes of Haryana government which is at a receiving end on the issue of violence caused by Dera goons in the state. Poor handling of the case had raised many questions about state government’s stand towards the controversial Dera and its goons.
26 Feb 2021
27 Feb 2021