Chandigarh: State Agriculture Minister Tota Singh on Thursday sought two weeks’ time to submit reply in public interest litigation (PIL) seeking his removal from the Cabinet. After hearing the plea of counsel for Punjab minister the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted him time and adjourned the case to December 5.
Though the arguments by petitioner’s counsel were made at length, but the plea for removal of Tota Singh from the Cabinet failed to make any headway. As the issue came up for consideration, the court asked petitioner’s counsel H C Arora regarding Bench’s jurisdiction to direct the Chief Minister to consider removing Tota Singh from the Cabinet following his conviction and a year’s imprisonment on charges of corruption and framing of charges in another case under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The petitioner’s counsel was also asked by Bench to satisfy it regarding petitioner Sukhjeet Singh’s locus standi to maintain the PIL against Tota Singh since he was the minister’s political opponent and had also filed an election petition against him.
At this stage, a counsel appearing for Tota Singh requested for adjournment for filing reply. Taking a note of the request, the Bench granted him two weeks’ time before adjourning the hearing on the PIL.
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