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Darshan Singh v. Election Tribunal cum Deputy - FAO-707-2006  RD-P&H 1633 (10 March 2006)
F.A.O. No.707 of 2006
Date of Decision:28.2.2006
Election Tribunal cum Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar and others
CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE JASBIR SINGH
Present:- Shri B.S.Sidhu, Advocate for the appellant.
Shri S.K.Arora, Advocate for respondent No.2.
Shri B.S.Sidhu, Advocate, counsel appearing for the appellant, states that the Tribunal below has not adopted the procedure, as envisaged under the provisions of Punjab State Election Commission Act, 1994, rather in a very arbitrary manner, by placing reliance upon contradictory demarcation reports, it was said that the appellant was in possession of some land of the Gram Panchayat. By referring to documents Annexures A.1 to A.4, counsel contends that the finding given, is contrary to the revenue record. It has further been stated that no issue was framed, parties were not allowed to lead evidence and even replication of the respondent was not taken on record.
When confronted with the situation referred to above, the counsel for the respondent has failed to justify and defend the order passed by the Tribunal below. It is apparent from the record that procedure as F.A.O. No.707 of 2006 
envisaged under the provisions of Punjab State Election Commission Act, 1994 and rules framed thereunder, was not adopted by the Tribunal, while deciding the election petition. In election petitions, very valuable rights of the parties are involved, as such the Tribunal is supposed to adopt the procedure as provided, under the law, in its entirety. It is apparent from the document placed on record, that as per revenue record, the appellant is not in possession of the property, belonging to the Gram Panchayat, despite that, finding to the contrary has been given.
This Court feels that the Tribunal below has also failed to appreciate evidence on record in a proper manner. Accordingly, this appeal is allowed. Order under challenge is set aside. Matter is remitted to the Tribunal to decide afresh, after giving proper opportunity to both the parties, as per law. An attempt, to decide the matter in an expeditious manner, shall highly be appreciated. Parties are directed to appear before the Tribunal below on 20.3.2006. No order as to cost.
February 28, 2006 ( JASBIR SINGH )
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