CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and high court has directed a district judge in Chandigarh to preserve the footage of the .

The orders have been passed on a petition alleging the presiding officer of one of the courts had dismissed an application related to a matrimonial case without hearing any arguments. The allegations are that the presiding officer had dismissed the application in his chambers without any face-to-face arguments of the parties.

“The petitioner, appearing in person, has made some very serious allegations. In the meanwhile, the district judge, Chandigarh, as also the trial court are directed to ensure that the CCTV footage of the cameras installed in the court rooms are preserved, for the dates from August 13-14, 2018,” Justice Amol Rattan Singh ordered. He has passed these orders while hearing a revision petition filed by the husband who has filed a divorce petition against his wife before the district court.

The matrimonial dispute was going on since 2015.

According to the husband, the matter is pending before the lower court and despite several directions by the high court to hold the trial expeditiously, the matter is being prolonged by his wife. His allegations are that his estranged wife is being benefitted from the delay, as she was getting heavy maintenance allowance from him.

The main grouse of the petitioner was that his wife had given a list of witnesses for examination. Objecting to the list, the petitioner had filed an application under order 16 rule 1 and 2 of civil procedure code (CPC) on July 6 seeking striking off certain witnesses on various grounds. When the case came up for hearing on August 13, the counsel appearing for the wife sought an adjournment, which was objected by the husband.

‘Court dismisses plea without arguments’

According to the petitioner, when the matter came up for hearing on August 14, the presiding officer of the court ordered to dismiss his petition. The main contention of the petitioner before the HC is that the August 14 order on his application was dismissed by the lower court judge without hearing any arguments in the court. It has been alleged that even the order was passed in the chamber by the judge concerned. The petitioner has sought directions to set aside the August 14 orders and verify the facts by examining the CCTV footage of the court room to prove his claim that the judge of lower court had not heard any arguments.
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