The Haryana government, meanwhile, told the two-judge bench that it is taking steps to comply with the court order but it has to take every step carefully as a number of women and children were present in the godman's Satlok Ashram in Barwala in Hisar district.

The court reserved its verdict till afternoon on Monday. The High Court had on Monday last pulled up the Haryana government for failing to produce the godman, against whom a non-bailable warrant was issued recently in a contempt case. It had set a deadline of Monday for his production.
Rampal's counsel S K Garg told the bench, comprising Justices M Jeyapaul and Darshan Singh, that the godman was "unwell" and not in a position to travel from Barwala to here. "He is unwell... We are not avoiding court appearance. He has been appearing on past occasions. Give us some time, once he feels better, he will appear," the counsel told the Bench.

On behalf of the state government, Home Secretary and the DGP appeared before the court. Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan told the court that the state was taking steps to comply with the court order.

He pleaded that since a number of women and children were present at the Satlok Ashram in Barwala, where the godman is present, the police and administration had to take every step carefully.

With regard to the issue of cancellation of Rampal's bail in the 2006 murder case, the bench posted the matter for Tuesday asking the defence counsel to file their reply by then.

Senior advocate Anupam Gupta, who is amicus Curiae in the case, told outside the court complex that on behalf of the Haryana government, the AG filed an affidavit, that any immediate attempt to arrest Rampal would result in casualties and therefore, the government and the are trying to devise ways and means to implement the order without any casualty.
Gupta said that he, however, submitted that "not implementing the orders of the court would result in complete disorder, lawlessness and anarchy."

On the affidavit filed by the Haryana DGP S N Vashisht before the court, Gupta said he told the court that the affidavit "withholds a vital and seminal fact, which has been supressed from the High Court..".
Alleging that the entire police force and security deployed around Rampal's ashram was withdrawn suddenly last evening, he said the failure to present Rampal before the court was a "complete abdication of authority by the State."

Gupta added that if the government does not produce the godman before the High Court in three days, contempt of court notices should be issued by Friday to Chief Minister M L Khattar, who holds the charge of Home Ministry.

"As per my information received after heavy deployment of police forces on Sunday in and around the ashram in Barwala, in the Sunday evening, the entire police force and security  bandobast was suddenly withdrawn.

“There was no police force in and around the ashram throughout last night and early morning on Monday. I said this has been supressed by the state government and DGP, Haryana," he said.

He added that he also submitted that not being able to secure Rampal was "a complete abdication of authority by the . Why did they not move on in late evening and at night and why they withdrew forces last night?"

Gupta said he also told the court that "it is apparent that the civil and police bureaucracy are not acting on their own and newspaper reports confirm that the entire security arrangement and entire situation is being handled by the police and civil bureaucracy in coordination, consultation with and under the direction of the Chief Minister of Haryana, who also hold the charge of Home Affairs."
He said he also submitted before the bench that the notice of contempt under Section 12 must go to DGP, Haryana  and Home Secretary on Monday itself.

In case the state government, regardless of the consequences of the casualties or the cost, for any reason, fails to secure Rampal and produce him under arrest before the High Court in three days, by Friday notice of contempt under Section 12 of the Contempt of Court's Act must also be issued in that event to the Chief Minister of Haryana, who holds charge of Ministry of Home," Gupta said.
As far as cancellation of bail of Rampal in the 2006 case is concerned, Gupta said the court made it clear that the arguments will be heard on Tuesday.

"If Rampal through his counsel wants to file his reply, he may do so by tomorrow, but it was made clear that even if he does not file any reply, the arguments will be heard and the question of cancellation of bail will be heard and decided on Tuesday," Gupta said.

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