Peeved by what it called the “worst example of administrative action”, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed Chandigarh administration as well as municipal corporation officers to wake up and not compel the court to run the administration.
A special division bench comprising justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari was hearing a case about the ill-management of Sector-26 vegetable and grain market, when an anguished justice Kant said, “We are pained to say that we have to pass orders even on the judicial side that DC please forward file to other officer. Are we running the administration? What for officers are being paid?” The court ordered “clear policy decisions are required to be made by the UT administration”.
The court directed that a meeting be held under the chairmanship of UT adviser or the senior-most secretary of all the officers concerned to decide on a schedule for establishment of the new market and to take necessary steps to regulate affairs of the Sector-26 vegetable market. The court has sought a detailed reply in a week.
UT home secretary Anil Kumar, (DC)-cum-secretary of the Chandigarh marketing board Mohammed Shayin, agriculture secretary V Lalremthanga, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh and assistant estate officer Balbir Singh Dhol were present.
Justice Kant said, “The petition is pending since 2010. What kind of impression you are giving to the court? Who has to construct the new mandi. What are the big issues?.”