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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, October 04, 2013
Civil judge Dazy Bangarh pulled up the deputy commissioner's office and SP (traffic) for failing to provide viable solution to the stray cattle menace.
The court on Friday gave them last opportunity to file reply to the contempt case filed by advocate Pankaj Chandgothia against the deputy commissioner, municipal commissioner, mayor, SP (traffic), additional commissioner-2 of MC and the MC's superintending engineer (roads). The case would now come up for hearing on November 6.

Earlier, civil judge TPS Randhawa had passed orders in September 2012 on the public interest litigation filed by Chandgothia against the UT administration and MC, directing them “to do the needful so that safety of commuter is ensured and public at large feels safe while commuting on city roads”.

The immediate cause for filing the contempt petition was the death of a motorcyclist Harpreet Singh on the night of April 6, when he fell down after running into stray cattle.

The contempt was filed alleging that the death has proved that the authorities have failed to comply with court orders.

Chandgothia pointed out that the MC should file FIRs against habitual offenders under sections 283 and 289 of IPC so that the fear of punishment deters the offenders.