Read Order: SALEKH CHAND v. STATE OF PUNJAB THROUGH HOME SECRETARY AND ORS


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Chandigarh, October 7, 2021: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has recently directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur (Punjab), to decide the representation, pertaining to the unlawful custody of detenues, who are being treated as bonded labour.

The present petition had been filed seeking a writ in the nature of Habeas Corpus for the release of the alleged detenues, from custody of private respondents.

The petitioner’s counsel submitted that the detenues are being treated as bonded labour, which is against the law and therefore, these detenues need to be got released from the unlawful custody of respondents.

It was further contended from petitioner’s side that the petitioner will be satisfied, in case, a direction is issued to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur (Punjab)(third respondent) to look into the grievance of the petitioner and take appropriate action.

On the other hand, the counsel for the official (first to third) respondents mentioned that the present petition had been filed without approaching the third respondent in any manner and therefore, if the petitioner has any grievance, he should approach the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur with the said grievance by filing appropriate representation.

The counsel for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner will file appropriate representation before the third respondent raising the grievance as raised in the present petition and the Senior Superintendent of Police be directed to decide the same by passing an appropriate speaking order expeditiously in a time bound manner.

The counsel for the official respondents submitted that in case, any representation is received from the petitioner, the same will be decided within a period of two weeks from the receipt of the same by passing an appropriate speaking order.

Thus, in view of this situation, without going into the merits of the case, the Bench of Justice Harsimran Singh Sethi directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur (Punjab) to decide the representation, if any, made by the petitioner, after conducting due enquiry, by passing an appropriate speaking order within a period of two weeks from the receipt of the same.

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