Monday, May 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Lawyers to meet today on charges against judges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The general house of the Bar Association of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will meet here tomorrow at 12.45 pm. The meeting has been convened by the executive on a requisition submitted by 414 lawyers to discuss allegations against certain judges in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scandal.

This was confirmed by the association president, Mr H. S. Hooda.

A storm raised over the selections carried out on the basis of recommendations made by PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu had gained momentum in the past few days, resulting in the scheduled meeting tomorrow.

The meeting is significant as a finger has been pointed at certain judges.

Though the exact wording of the requisition could not be known, yet the association vice-president, Mr Sukjhinder Behal, said it was about seeking certain clarifications since names of judges had reportedly appeared in the investigations into the scandal, as reported in newspapers.

There is a general perception that following the exposure, the judiciary had received a setback. It was important that the Judiciary’s fair name was not allowed to be tainted. How far the statements of witnesses recorded by the Vigilance Bureau investigating the case are true would only be known later. However, lawyers said it was for the house to decide what course of action to take.


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