Kangra resident businessman alleged threat to life’ case: High court hearing adjourned to Friday
Shimla, Jan 4
The case involving the Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu and Superintendent of Police Kangra, Shalini Agnihotri, in Himachal Pradesh, has been adjourned until tomorrow in the Himachal Pradesh High Court.
Today, both Sanjay Kundu and Shalini Agnihotri approached the High Court, seeking a recall of the December 26 order issued against them. This order directed their transfer from their current positions in response to a complaint filed by businessman Nishant Kumar Sharma.
Two separate recall applications were presented before the Division Bench of Chief Justice MS Ramachandran Rao and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua on Thursday. Advocates RL Sood and Shrawan Dogra filed these applications on behalf of DGP and SP Kangra. This move came after the Supreme Court issued an interim order in favor of DGP, halting the proceedings of the transfer order issued by the state government on January 2.
The Division Bench adjourned the hearing and scheduled it for tomorrow, Friday, following the Supreme Court’s directive to dispose of the recall application within two weeks of the interim order issued on Wednesday.
This case gained media attention since November 11 when the Himachal Pradesh High Court, taking suo-moto action, registered a criminal petition based on an email complaint from businessman Nishant Kumar Sharma. On December 26, the High Court ordered the state to transfer DGP and SP Kangra to other positions in the interest of justice. This decision was based on the petitioner’s argument that the police delayed the registration of an FIR and that the court-monitored investigation was not progressing as expected.
Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu challenged the December 26 order in the Supreme Court of India. A three-judge bench consisting of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Manoj Mishra, and Justice A B Pardiwala issued an interim order directing the state High Court to hear the recall application within two weeks of their order.
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