Chandigarh

SNATCHING IN CHANDIGARH: HIGHCOURT DIRECTS PUNJAB, HARYANA AND UT TO MAINTAIN COMPUTERIZED RECORDS OF SURETIEIS

June 01, 2018 04:34 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Punjab and Haryana Highcourt directs all Courts in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh to maintain computerized records of all sureties, and the properties owned by them. Competent authorities have been directed to make entry about such properties in their records:

A division Bench of the Highcourt comprising ACJ and Justice T.S. Dhindsa today took a very serious view of the “stock” sureties being accepted by the Courts below for granting bail to accused persons. The Bench issued bailable warrants against Rekha (for securing her presence on net date of hearing), who did not come present despite notice issued to her on the last date, and rather chose to appear through a Counsel.

A division Bench of the Highcourt comprising ACJ and Justice T.S. Dhindsa today took a very serious view of the “stock” sureties being accepted by the Courts below for granting bail to accused persons. The Bench issued bailable warrants against Rekha (for securing her presence on net date of hearing), who did not come present despite notice issued to her on the last date, and rather chose to appear through a Counsel.Rekha had stood surety in six cases of chain snatchings in Courts at Chandigarh.

Rekha had stood surety in six cases of chain snatchings in Courts at Chandigarh.

Petitioner, Hari Chand, advocate, appearing in person, informed the Bench that Rekha visited his residence late last evening at about 8.40 PM, and told the petitioner that she has been directed to appear in Highcourt on Friday, and that she would reach the HC at around 8.30 AM. The petitioner had promised to ensure entry pass for her. Thus, she cannot plead ignorance about requirement to appear personally before the High Court. 

The Bench today directed all Courts below in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh to maintain computerized record of all sureties, their particulars, and the particulars of immovable/movable properties, so that Court may ascertain at a click of mouse as to whether the prospective surety had previously also stood surety for any accused or not.

The Highcourt wants the Courts below to ultimately proceed towards setting up a Centralized Data Base of all sureties, so that tendency to offer stock sureties may be curbed. Further direction issued today is that the concerned Courts shall return the original title deeds to the surety after putting Court stamp on such documents, and making an endorsement regarding the surety offered by owner of the property, and then retain a photo copy of such title deed on its record.

The concerned Court shall also intimate the competent authority (Registrar etc.) about the factum of surety accepted by considering the property under reference, and such competent authority shall make appropriate entries in its record about the factum of surety ship. The Bench made it obligatory on the Presiding Officers of the concerned Courts to personally verify the documents etc. before accepting surety of an individual, and not to leave such work to staff under any circumstances. The PIL has been adjourned to 5.7.2018.

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