HC relief for transport commissioner
The Kerala High Court on Thursday stayed proceedings against Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh based on the order of State Police Complaint Authority (SPCA) directing the Chief Secretary to initiate disciplinary action against him for his alleged absence before the authority in a case related to the CD raids in 2006.
Justice P R Ramachandra Menon stayed the proceedings for two months.
Counsel for the petitioner submitted that he would file a statement before the SPCA.
The SPCA had passed the order as Singh failed to appear before it, despite repeated summonses asking him to appear before the authority in connection with a complaint lodged by Welgate Videos pertaining to the CD raids in 2006.
Subsequently, the authority’s chairman recommended action against him.
According to Rishi Raj Singh, the proceedings initiated by the SPCA was illegal. “It is unheard in civil jurisprudence that penal action being initiated against the respondent in a civil case, for not responding to summonses. It is the sole decision of the chairman and not a full quorum decision or even a majority decision,” Singh said.