The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday gave two weeks’ time to the UT administration to get the notification of banning operation of hookah bars in the city.
During the hearing of a petition by a non-government organisation (NGO), Burning Brain Society, the HC was told that UT had already written to the Central government on the same issue and its nod was awaited.
Petitioner Hemant Goswami told the court that the UT had already banned use of nicotine in hookah bars under a different Act. Following which, the HC asked the administration as to why it was waiting for the orders from the Central government.
The HC gave two-week time for the UT to bring out the notification and has posted the matter for further hearing on April 20. The UT also informed the court that it had registered FIRs against two hookah bars allegedly found offering nicotine laced products.
NOTIFICATION EXTENDING TENURE IN CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES WITHDRAWN
The UT informed the court that the notification extending the term of the managing committees of the cooperative societies to five years had been withdrawn.
The administration also submitted that the rules for the same would be put in place before the next date of hearing on April 8.
The UT’s submissions came on a petition wherein it was submitted that it was yet to frame the rules for the implementation of the provisions of 97th constitutional amendment and the managing committees, which were elected for one year, could not be allowed to extend their term to five years as per the said amendment.