Delhi’s LG VK Saxena, accused in the 2002 Sabarmati Ashram attack case on social activist Medha Patkar, has just got a quick relief. The Vacation Bench of the Gujarat High Court has put an interim stay on criminal proceedings against VK Saxena. Fixing the date of June 19 for the next hearing, the court has issued a notice to Medha Patkar, the victim in this case. VK Saxena became the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on May 26 last year.
Immediate relief from the High Court
Justice MK Thakkar, while granting interim relief to Saxena, stayed the proceedings against him in the trial court pending disposal of his appeal. In this petition, Saxena has challenged the metropolitan court’s order dismissing his appeal for adjournment of the trial against him till he continues as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
Notice to Medha Patkar
The court also issued notice to the state government and complainant Patkar and posted the matter for further hearing on June 19. On May 8, the court of Metropolitan Magistrate PC Goswami refused to stay the trial against Saxena in the April 10, 2002 case. It is alleged that Saxena and three other accused had allegedly assaulted Patkar during a peace meeting held at Gandhi Ashram.
wrong comment by the court
Saxena’s counsel told the high court that the metropolitan court had wrongly observed that if the relief was granted to him, the statements of witnesses would have to be recorded afresh and this would delay the trial. He also said that the trial was delayed 94 times due to adjournment applications filed by the complainant. Jal Unwala argued on behalf of LG VK Saxena of Delhi in the High Court.
‘Government lawyer should keep the side’
Medha Patkar said in a conversation with Navbharat Times Online on the High Court’s decision to impose a stay that I am a complainant in this matter. This case was filed by the Gujarat government. I hope that the lawyers of the Gujarat government will play their strong role in this matter. Patkar said that after seeing the copy of the judgement, she will submit her reply in the court after consulting the law with her lawyers.
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