Runaway Faridabad couple gets relief in Punjab and Haryana high court | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: Getting married during the lockdown landed a Faridabad-based runaway couple into trouble as a local court ordered that they should be booked for marrying without permission.
The newlywed couple had appeared before the local court in Faridabad seeking security as they apprehended threat to their lives from their families. The local court, however, took umbrage to the fact that they had got married during the lockdown without taking requisite permissions.
The couple, however, heaved a sigh of relief after the Punjab and Haryana high court stayed the investigation of the FIR registered against them at Faridabad.
The couple, Lokesh Garg and Sonia, had got married on May 7 with the help of a priest, Rakesh Pandit in a local temple against the wishes of their parents. Fearing threat to their lives, they approached a local court seeking directions to protect their life and liberty from their families and relatives.
When the matter came up for hearing before the duty judge, Rajesh Garh, additional sessions judge, Faridabad on May 14, he found it a prima facie case of violation of lockdown as the couple had got married during the lockdown without permission from the authorities. Observing that the couple as well as the priest, who solemnized the wedding without permission from local administration had violated the instructions of the Union of India as well as the district magistrate, the judge ordered an FIR to be registered against them.

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