In the case pertaining to the alleged defamatory remarks made by SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and Bikramjit Singh Majithia against Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh in connection with the report of the Commission set up by the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government to investigate various incidents of desecration in Punjab, the High Court has summoned both Sukhbir and Majithia.
In the fresh warrants issued against them, the High Court has also ordered Badal and Majithia to remain personally present on the next date of hearing.
The case dates back to February this year when Justice Ranjit Singh approached the High Court under Section 10A (acts calculated to bring Commission or any member into disrepute) of the Commissions of Inquiry Act alleging that both Badal and Majithia made defamatory statements against him. The provision deals with penalty for acts calculated to bring the commission or any of its members into disrepute. If the first-of-its-kind plea is allowed, the respondents may find themselves facing proceedings for simple imprisonment for a term extending up to six months, or fine, or both.