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Courts deal twin blows to Hooda govt 
Sports Minister to be booked in fake votes case
Sunit Dhawan/TNS

Gurgaon, November 13
A local court today ordered the police to register an FIR against Haryana Sports Minister and Gurgaon MLA Sukhbir Kataria and five others in connection with a case of fake votes. The orders were passed under Section 156 (3) of the CrPC.

Hearing a petition filed by Om Prakash Kataria of the Gurgaon-based Matdata Jagrookta Manch, Judicial Magistrate First Class Pracheta Singh ordered the SHO of the Gurgaon City police station to lodge an FIR against the minister, Gurgaon ACP Narender Kadian, booth-level officer Anita Sharma, Pawan Dabas, Sudesh Dabas and an Assistant Electoral Returning Officer.

Alleging that forged documents were used to get voter cards made at the behest of the minister, the petitioner had requested for the registration of a criminal case against Kataria and others under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and the Representation of Peopleís Act.

The court has also directed the police to get the handwriting samples of the minister forensically examined. The police authorities have been told to submit their investigation report on December 23, 2013 ó the next date of hearing in the case.

Welcoming the courtís decision, the BJP said Sukhbir Kataria had lost the moral right to occupy the post of a minister now. Partyís state media convener Umesh Agarwal said if Kataria did not resign of his own, the Governor should sack him from the state Cabinet. 

The allegation

Forged documents were used to get voter cards made at the behest of 
the Sports Minister

Those to be booked

Haryana Sports Minister and Gurgaon MLA Sukhbir Kataria (pic), Gurgaon ACP Narender Kadian, booth-level officer Anita Sharma, an Assistant Electoral Returning Officer, Pawan Dabas and Sudesh Dabas.

BJP guns for ministerís head

BJPís state media convener Umesh Agarwal said if Kataria did not resign of his own, the Governor should sack him from the state Cabinet 

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7-yr jail for HPSC member for attempt to murder
Geetanjali Gayatri/TNS

Chandigarh, November 13
In a major embarrassment to the Haryana Government, a Palwal court today sentenced sitting Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) member Dr Harinder Pal Singh to seven years imprisonment in an attempt-to-murder case registered against him and others in March 2008.

The sentence was announced by Palwalís Additional Sessions Judge RK Dogra in cross cases registered against the member and a councillor Ramesh Rana and others.

While Rana was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment along with six others, Harinder Pal and eight others were sentenced for seven years. They are lodged in the Faridabad jail.

Sources in the Palwal police said that the matter dates back to March 2008 when a clash between Rana and Harinder Pal, both political figures, turned violent and shots were fired by the two parties.

Subsequently, a police case was registered under Sections 148, 149, 323 and 307 IPC for rioting, being armed with a deadly weapon, hurt and attempt to murder.

The government will have a lot of answering to do on its choice of candidate as the HPSC member has been imprisoned in cases that were already registered against him before he was administered oath of office in July 2013.

Also, with Harinder Pal being convicted and sentenced by the court, he will have to be removed from the constitutional post he is holding. Sources in the government said the provision of removal of a convicted member would need to be studied. Harinder Palís appointment as a member too had stirred a controversy.

While there were many within the government who were opposed to the idea of appointing a political person as a member of the HPSC, the main Opposition party, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), had then brought a Palwal family before the media. The family members had claimed that Harinder Pal was an accused in the case of the murder of their son Neeraj.

Palwal resident Rajender had alleged that his son was killed by Pal and his accomplices in 2009 due to political rivalry and that separate\ courts have already framed charges of murder, attempt to murder and rioting against the accused and the case was pending final disposal.

Pal, had then dismissed the allegations and had claimed that he had been implicated in both cases as part of a political conspiracy. ďThe police had given me a clean chit in both cases, but later complaints were filed against me in court," he claimed. This matter is still pending in court and a decision is awaited. 

The case

* In March 2008, a clash between councillor Ramesh Rana and Harinder Pal (pic) turned violent and shots were fired by the both sides

* A case was registered under Sections 148, 149, 323 and 307 IPC for rioting, being armed with a deadly weapon, hurt and attempt to murder

Murder charges

Palwal resident Rajender has alleged that his son was killed by HPSC member Harinder Pal Singh and his accomplices in 2009. The final disposal of the case is pending 

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